Developing a database of bio-markers for compost quality control to maximise mushroom production yield (MU17006)
What’s it all about?
The quality and yield of button mushroom crops is critically dependent on the quality of compost used. Beginning in June 2019, this investment is exploring how microbial populations within compost can be used to understand, measure and manipulate compost quality.
The project team’s work involves investigating microbial populations across a range of mushroom composting facilities. This includes looking at the microbial population dynamics at different points along the composting timeline, how they align with other compost quality indicators, and correlating everything back to mushroom crop yield and quality.
The research will culminate in a database of compost ‘bio-markers’ (microbe indicators) for the industry, which will be able to be used to assist in maximising productivity and crop outcomes.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund