Feasibility of compost substrate alternatives for mushroom production (MU17007)
What’s it all about?
Wheaten straw is currently the most common carbon source used in mushroom compost production, but is predicted to become more difficult to acquire and more expensive over time. So to help future-proof the mushroom industry, this investment is exploring alternative sources of carbon. The research team is looking at the physical and chemical properties, compost quality, relative benefits and potential risks of a range of possible carbon sources. They hope to be able to present a selection of new sources or options – such as partial substitutions – for industry to consider for compost production. The work will also produce clear guidance and case studies to assist in the adoption of alternative substrates.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund