Mushrooms and Manure

Mushrooms and Manure

Manure is organic matter, which can be used as organic fertilizer in agriculture. It is mostly derived from animal feces and has been used for centuries as it provides many benefits. Adding organic matter to soil improves soil structure, increases the water-holding capacity, improves drainage, provides a source of micronutrients, reduces wind and water erosion and promotes growth of worms and other beneficial soil organisms.

Mushrooms and Manure

Contrary to popular belief, mushrooms are not grown in animal poop. Many edible Mushrooms are grown on a pasteurized substrate that contains composted manure, along with different organic materials such as straw or rye, and gypsum to manage the ph. (See Bulk Substrate).

If you want to grow mushrooms, you can prepare the substrate yourself, or buy it ready to use, for example at MycoLife.

While edible mushrooms are not generally grown on fresh manure, animal feces commonly include various fungi. Apart from microbial colonists of the gastro intestinal tract, the mycota of feces includes fungi that are specifically adapted to dung as a resource. These mushrooms are called Coprophilus fungi (dung-loving fungi). Their spores are unwittingly consumed by herbivores from vegetation, and are excreted along with the plant matter. The fungi then flourish in the feces before releasing their spores to the surrounding area.

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