Lentinus edodes, the shiitake mushroom, is highly prized for nutritive and medicinal values. Sawdust of different timber plants have been tried as carbon sources for the growth of three different strains of this mushroom . The maximum linear mycelial growth was observed for Le-C strain followed by Le-S while a slower mycelial extension was observed for OE-329 strain. No direct correlation between growth and enzyme activities could be established. The present study indicated the preference for saw dust of Safeda and Shisham by all the three strains. Le C is the only strain with maximum growth and enzyme activity.
Lentinus edodes, Shiitake, Saw-dust, Mycelial growth, Cellulolytic enzymes, Laccase activity
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