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The manipulation of temperature to synchronise flushing patterns in two strains of the cultivated mushroom Agaricus bisporus



The manipulation of temperature to synchronise flushing patterns in two strains of the cultivated mushroom Agaricus bisporus



Scientia Horticulturae 29(4): 317-324



The majority of mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) strains are grown commercially at approximately 16.degree.C throughout the cropping period and show a distinct flushing pattern, with the picking period of each flush lasting several days. Experiments were done to determine whether the picking periods could be reduced by improved synchronisation of growth within flushes by raising the air temperature by several degrees at defined stages of sporophore development (cap diameters of 1, 2 or 3 cm) until the harvest of mature fruitbodies. Two strains of A. bisporus were used, D649 a smooth white strain and D676 an off-white type. High-quality mushrooms of similar size and maturity were harvested from all three treatments in fewer picking days than when grown continuously at 16.degree.C. The highest degree of synchronisation was achieved with both strains when exposed to elevated temperatures at the 1-cm stage with no significant effect on total yield.

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DOI: 10.1016/0304-4238(86)90015-4


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