JKUAT re­search unit in­tro­duces new va­ri­ety of mush­rooms

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

A new va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial button mush­room spawn has been in­tro­duced by JKUAT.

Re­search sci­en­tist Pa­trick Muchiri (pic­tured) said the va­ri­ety grows best in warm and hot weather.

He works at the univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of Biotech­nol­ogy Re­search.

“I have for the past two years re­searched on var­i­ous soils and found that the months of Oc­to­ber and March are ideal for grow­ing this par­tic­u­lar mush­room spawn va­ri­ety be­cause most parts of the coun­try are usu­ally warm,” Muchiri said on Satur­day.

He sin­gled out Mom­basa, Kisumu and the Northern parts of Kenya as be­ing ideal places for the plant’s growth.

Muchiri said the new va­ri­ety has a su­pe­rior taste com­pared to other mush­rooms.

He said it is re­sis­tant to fun­gal, bac­te­rial and vi­ral mush­room dis­eases.

“The new va­ri­ety has bet­ter han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics as it has a longer shelf life and is there­fore suit­able for small-scale farm­ers who do not have good fa­cil­i­ties for preser­va­tion,” Muchiri said.

The com­mer­cial button mush­room spawn is now read­ily avail­able at the univer­sity’s Re­search, Pro­duc­tion and Ex­ten­sion Unit.

Other types of mush­room spawn avail­able at the univer­sity’s laboratories in­clude shi­itaki and reishi, both of which are grown for medic­i­nal pur­poses.

Last week, Tropikal Brands Africa signed a deal to com­mer­cialise yoghurt pro­duced by the Jomo Keny­atta Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy.

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