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Peroxide and Agaricus growing

RushWayne rushwayne at aol.com
Sun Jan 21 16:22:11 EST 2001

osama_jelani at yahoo.com  (Osama Jelani) from Jordan
asked about the use of peroxide in growing
Agaricus mushrooms on compost.

I don't usually use peroxide in compost,
because compost is full of peroxide decomposing
enzymes, which destroy the peroxide in a short
time.  However, if you use a high concentration,
such as 5-6% peroxide, and wet your compost
starting materials with this, it will apparently
speed the formation of mushroom-ready compost
from about two weeks to about two days. This
phenomenon was observed by Dr. Constantinos
Balis and colleagues at Harikopio University in 
Greece.  It does not seem to be a very economical
method, because all of that peroxide would cost
too much.  
	Much lower concentrations of peroxide will
help you prepare clean spawn and maintain 
agar cultures of your Agaricus strains without 
sterile facilities. Visit my website below for
more information.
"Growing Mushrooms with Hydrogen Peroxide"

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