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THE PINK MUSHROOM

Mushrooms is macro fungus with a distinctive fruiting body which is large enough to be seen with naked eyes. Mushroom cultivation has great scope in India because of the cheap and easily available raw material and also cheaper manpower needed to cultivate. This has attracted the small and marginal farmers to take-up its cultivation to augment their income. Oyster mushrooms has several species with distinctive features. Several species has medicinal value. Different colours oyster mushrooms are grown in our country. Recently a fresh and growing flush of bright pink coloured oyster mushrooms has taken place. The pink oyster (Pleurotus Djamor) is a tropical mushroom preferring warmer temperatures near about 23 to 38 degree C and 85% humidity. It takes 7 to 10 days to colonize the jar/packet. That’s why it found on tropical region of our country. Pink oyster is unique in that the mycelium is vibrantly pink. Plates of pink oyster are very sensitive to the cold. Rye grain is best for spawn preparation. Other grain can be used including millet. Straw is a perfect substrates for pinks. It will colonize straw very quickly. Supplemented sawdust can be used for getting larger and thicker fruit body. Harvest mushrooms before the spores drop usually indicated by the cap starting to curl up. Pink oyster drop a lot of spores. So pink mushroom is a better choice to cultivate in hot and humid condition. It colonize substrates extraordinarily quickly.so start your journey today.      
By Arpan Mondal (5th sem, RKMVERI)

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