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Cultivation of Pleurotus eryngii (Kabul Dhingri) made easy
 Pleurotus eryngii is an edible oyster mushroom species which is very popular and was exported in dried form to various European countries due to its aroma and giant size.  It is better known as Kabul Dhingri due to its natural occurrence in high altitude regions of North West Himalayas.  It is collected from its natural habitat and marketed as Kabul Dhingri.  Its natural growth and collection has hampered due to ecological and political disturbances.  Earlier, people have attempted to cultivate Pleurotus eryngii during summer but very less yields were obtained.  The fresh tissue culture from a wild dried specimen was found very productive, high yielding and fast growing.  Three different substrates namely - wheat straw, paddy and maize stalks and leaves were used as base material, and supplemented with organic nitrogen materials.  Wheat straw with deoiled soybean cake @ 5% gave 82.8% B.E. (828g fresh mushroom from 1kg dry substrate) followed by paddy straw with deoiled soybean.  Maize stalks and leaves with cotton seed cake @ 5% also gave 65% BE with supplementation.  Unsupplemented wheat and paddy straw gave 40% B.E.




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