Biotechnology in Commercial Mushroom Fermentation


The United States continues to be the world's largest producer of the common mushroom Agaricus bisporus Lange. This solid-state fermentation is now one of the most challenging and technically demanding of all vegetable cultivations known to man. Currently, it is the only major process in biotechnology which successfully converts cellulosics into useful foods and byproducts. However, it is only recently that we are beginning to gain a better understanding of the distinct and complex microbial processes involved in mushroom cultivation.

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Tautorus, T., Townsley, P. Biotechnology in Commercial Mushroom Fermentation. Nat Biotechnol 2, 696–701 (1984).

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