MUSHROOM PRODUCTION – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 8 lessons in this course: 1. Introduction • How Fungi are Named: Review of the system of plant identification • Characteristics of all Fungi • Three Fungi Kingdoms: Zygomycota, Basidiomycota and Ascomycota • Agaricus campestris and Agaricus bisporus • Review of significant edible fungi including; Coprinus fimetaris, Flammulina velutipes, Letinus erodes, Pleurotus, Stropharia, Volvariella,Auricularia auricula • Synonymous Names • Distinguishing edible fungi, Mushroom structure, tell tale characteristics of the genus Agaricus, etc. • History of Mushroom Cultivation • Commonly Cultivated Edible Fungi • Agaricus bisporus, Agaricus bitorquis • Coprinus fimetarius • Flammulina velutipes • Kuehneromyces mutabilis • Lentinus edodes Shiitake. • Pholiota nameko • Pleurotus spp "Oyster Mushroom" • Stropharia rugosa annulata • Volvariella volvaceae Edible Straw Mushroom. • Auricularia spp • Tremella fuciformis • Tuber spp. • Tricholoma matsutake • Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) • Grifola frondosa (Hen of the woods, Maitake) • Resources, information/contacts 2. Mushroom Culture • Options for obtaining Spawn • Steps in Growing Agaricus species: Preparation, spawning, casing, harvest • What to Grow Mushrooms in; growing medium • Growing media for different edible fungi: Agaricus, Auricularia, Copreinus, Flammulina, Letinus, Pleurotus, Volvariella, etc • Understanding Soil and Compost, components and characteristics • Acidity and Alkalinity • Making Compost • Making Mushroom Compost, and mushroom compost formulations • Moisture Level in Compost • Cultivation of Agaricus bitorquis • Cultivation ofCoprinus fimetarius 3. Spawn Production and Spawning • Finding Spawn Supplies • Overview of Spawn and Spawning • Obtaining Smaller Quantities of Spawn • The Process of Spawning • Spawn Production; typical rye grain method • Storing spawn • Problems with Spawn • Using Spawn • Comparing temperature conditions for spawning and fruiting in most commonly cultivated edible mushroom species • Cultivation of Pleurotus • Cultivation of Stropharia 4 Making and Casing Beds • Growing Methods; Caves, bags, houses, outdoor ridge beds, troughs, etc • Casing; biological process, characteristics of casing material, procedure • Techniques; spawned casing, ruffling, scratching • Review Auricularia and Volvariella 5 Growing Conditions for Mushrooms • Fungi Nutrition: carbon, nitrogen, essential elements, vitamins and growth factors • Casing to Harvest of Agaricus • Growing Indoors • Components of a Built System and Determining Your Needs • Factors Influencing Fungal Growth • Environmental Control, equipment to measure and control the environment • Siting a Growing House • Managing the Growing House or Room, cleanliness, heating, cooling, humidity, etc • Review of Tuber (Truffle) and Tremella 6. Pests, Diseases and Growing Mushrooms Outside • Overview of Pests, Diseases and Environmental Disorders • Prevention of Problems • Review of Bacterial and Fungal Diseases and their Control • Review of Insect Pests, Mites, Nematodes and their Control • Weed Moulds • Safe, Natural Sprays • Summary of Problems found on Agaricus bisporus and other edible fungi covered in this course • Cultivation of Flammulina velutipes and Kuehneromyces mutabilis 7. Harvesting, Storing and Using Mushrooms • Harvesting Buttons, Cups and Flats on Agaricus bisporus • Fruiting patterns for Agaricus bisporus and other edible mushrooms • Cool Storage of Mushrooms • Freezing Mushrooms • Dry Freezing Mushrooms • Drying Mushrooms • Canning Mushrooms • Harvesting Agaricus; method of picking • Handling Agaricus after harvest • Controlled Atmosphere Storage • Cultivation of Letinus (Shitake), Pholiota, Tricholoma 8. Marketing of Mushrooms and Special Assignment • Review of Marketing options for mushrooms • Fresh Mushroom Sales • Processed Mushroom Sales • Production and Marketing of Shitake, Oyster Mushroom and Straw Mushroom • Research and Determination of Marketing Opportunities and Strategies in Your Region Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Crops/MUSHROOM-PRODUCTION-BHT310-131.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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