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Waste paper--Recycling; Pleurotus ostreatus


Waste papers, such as newsprint not recycled for fiber recovery, may provide benefits such as production of valued mushrooms during their biological decomposition in low input simple technology systems. The edible gourmet mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus was grown on a newspaper substrate with small additions of spawn and wood chips. Prior sterilization of the paper was not required in successful outdoor incubation of inoculated bales. Heavy metal content of mushrooms from paper was similar to that found in commercial oyster mushrooms purchased at a local market

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