Story: Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi

Turning mushroom compost

Turning mushroom compost

In New Zealand, mushroom compost is usually made from a mixture of wet straw, animal manure and gypsum (calcium sulfate). At Meadow Mushrooms in Christchurch, large piles of compost are mechanically turned regularly, to aerate the compost and maintain its temperature at 65–80°C.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi - Mushroom industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16819/turning-mushroom-compost (accessed 24 February 2017)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008