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Effect of substrate type on the mycelium growth of four Hericium erinaceus (Bull. ex Fr.) Pers. strains

Robert Pawlak, Marek Siwulski, Mariusz Salwin

Department of Vegetable Crops
Agricultural University of Poznań
D±browskiego 159, 60-594 Poznań, Poland
e-mail: fungus@au.poznan.pl

The usefulness of different agar media, sawdust, and straw substrates for growth of Hericium erinaceus mycelium was investigated. Four strains of Hericium erinaceus marked as D1, D5, D9, and H1 were used. The following agar media were applied: beech sawdust agar medium; wheat agar medium; rye agar medium; potato agar medium; straw agar medium; malt agar medium; Hansen agar medium. The following substrates were used: oak sawdust, beech sawdust, birch sawdust, rye straw, and mixed oak and beech sawdust (1:1 at weight proportion). The mycelium growth depended on the agar medium and strain. The fastest growth was obtained for beech sawdust medium. The D9 strain grew the quickest. The growth depended on the kind of substrate and strain. The fastest growth was found on oak sawdust substrate. The H1 and D9 strains gave the quickest growth. Sterilization was a better method of substrate preparation than pasteurisation.

Pawlak R., Siwulski M., Salwin M., 2003. Effect of substrate type on the mycelium growth of four Hericium erinaceus (Bull. ex Fr.) Pers. strains. Folia Horticulturae 15/1: 43-48.