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Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda
Date:6/17/2014

Soil samples will be collected and sent to scientists at the IFR to be analysed. As mushrooms grow close to the soil, they are prone to picking up soil microbes and may be contaminated with spores of the pathogen Clostridium botulinum, which produces a deadly toxin. Appropriate measures must therefore be put in place to reduce the risk of botulism. The Institute of Food Research has expertise in Clostridium botulinum, and has already partnered with the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science to get a better understanding of these problems with mushroom cultivation. This new project will share that knowledge, engaging with stakeholders such as farmers, government agencies and research and training institutions. Additionally, spent mushroom compost (SMS) from Uganda will be sent to IFR for evaluating the potential for exploiting SMS in fuels and composts.

The IFR will also assist in improving a mushroom biology curriculum at Makerere University, Uganda's largest university, which will educate students on subjects such as mushroom genetics and breeding, edible and medicinal mushrooms and development of products.


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Contact: Andrew Chapple
andrew.chapple@ifr.ac.uk
01-603-251-490
Norwich BioScience Institutes
Source:Eurekalert

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