Cultivation and fruit body production of Lentinus squarrosulus Mont. (Singer) on bark and leaves of fruit trees supplemented with agricultural waste
The mycelia growth of Lentinus squarrosulus culture on the leaves and bark of common fruit trees were investigated. The effect of supplementing these fruit trees with 25% each of rice bran, horse dung, poultry droppings, cow dung, fresh cassava flour and oil palm waste fiber on the mycelia growth of this fungus was also observed. All the substrates supported the growth of the fungus, while supplemented substrates gave higher mycelia growth. The best mycelia growth was recorded on the leaves of Spondias mombin with 8.90 cm length. Among the supplements, rice bran gave the highest mycelia growth of 10.43 cm on S. mombin. Fruiting of the fungus on the logs of the best two substrates commenced after 28 days of inoculation and occurred every four days. The highest yield of fruit bodies and the best biological efficiency was obtained on the log of S. mombin, while the leaf substrates did not fructify even after 35 days of inoculation.
Keywords: Lentinus squarrosulus, supplements, fruit body, biological efficiency.