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Mushroom: Cultivation, Processing and Uses

V.P. Sharma (Author) B.C. Suman (Author)
Synopsis In India about 72-76% of human population lives in about 6,00,000 villages and is mainly engaged in agricultural and allied activities. Recently, a lot of emphasis is being given to agro-based industries due to advantages of rural employment generation and gainful utilization of natural and farm resources. Large quantities of renewable lignocellulosic residues are generated every year as a result of extensive agriculture practices. Their direct use as food is non-existent. Mushroom, on the other hand, have the ability to transform nutritionally useless waste in highly acceptable nutritious food. They have the ability to degrade lignin along with cellulose and hemicellulose. In addition, the cultivation of mushrooms is labour intensive and provides opportunities to the landless labourers weaker section of the society in our country. Mushroom industry in India is developing fast especially cultivation of white button mushrooms. During the last decade, the production has increased in India by 5 fold and present mushroom production is about 50,000 tons of all types of mushrooms. Out of these, about 10% are mushrooms, other than the button mushrooms. At the current rate of growth of mushroom production in the country, it is projected that mushroom production will cross 6 lakh tones by 2020. Mushroom has potential for providing adequate employment opportunity to the landless labourer, women and the educated unemployed. Inspite of all the advantages of mushroom cultivation viz. its nutritional and medicinal value and the employment opportunities mushroom cultivation generates, it is generally realized that there is an acute shortage of literature on mushroom cultivation, based on the requirements of the growers in our country. The present book emphasizes both the biological as well as applied aspects of edible mushrooms in very simple language. It is often difficult to fulfill the aspiration and expectations of various section (researchers and growers) but continued efforts to have a judicious blending of the needs of both the section, would be our endeavour in future.
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About the authors

V.P. Sharma

Dr. V.P. Sharma is presently rendering his services to the discipline of extension education as of Extension Education, RCA, MPUAT, Udaipur. He did his Ph.D. in the year 1995. he worked as Assistant Director, Chief scientist cum-in-charge at KVK Dungarpur, Deputy Director Extension Education (training) at Directorate of extension MPUAT, Udaipur (Rajasthan). Presently he is also Secretary of Rajasthan Society of extension education. He has large number of research publications to his credit and has guided a number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

B.C. Suman

Dr. B.C. Suman, Professor, (Mushroom), Dr. Y.S. Parmar, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mushroom: Cultivation, Processing and Uses
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177542486
length xvii+349p., Plates.