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Biotechnology students visisted Directorate of Mushroom Research

Students of B.Sc. Biotechnolgy (Semester 4th and 6th) visited the Directorate of Mushroom Research Centre at Solan, Himachal Pradesh on 1st February, 2020. DMR solan is known for the cultivation of various edible as well as medicinal mushrooms such as Button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), Oyster mushroom (Plerotus spp.), Paddy straw mushroom (Volvariella spp.), Ghuchii (Morchella esculenta) etc. Students learnt about the Nutritional / Medicinal value of mushrooms and its relevance in healthy food as well as quality of the mushroom. Students also got to know the seeds/spawn preparation technique for mushrooms, Infrastructure requirement for setting up of a composite mushroom farm and Crop raising of all above mushrooms including crop management.
Besides the cultivation Technology of above mushrooms, Students got familiar with the aspects of Pest/diseases management in mushrooms and post harvest handling/value addition of mushrooms. Students also got the knowledge to set up a start up business in mushroom production. Overall the visited was highly informative and students got to learn a lot.