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Literature on Mushroom Growing

Daniel J. Royse, C. Peter Romaine and David Beyer
Department of Plant Pathology

There is extensive literature on mushroom growing. Much of it is too technical and overly detailed for the hobbyist mushroom grower. However, there are several general publications which contain sufficient information to enable you to understand the basics of mushroom culture. Of these, the following are readily available and should be helpful.

  • Beyer,D. M. 2003. Basic Procedures for Agaricus Mushroom Growing. http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/UL210.pdf
  • Beyer, D. M., J. Pecchia, and L. Bertsch. 2008. Mushroom Substrate Preparation Odor Management Plan. http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/xl0082.pdf
  • Coles, P. S., et al. 2002. Pennsylvania Mushroom Integrated Pest Management Handbook. http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/AGRS83.pdf
  • MacCanna, C. 1985. Commercial Mushroom Production. An Foras Taluntais, Sandymount Avenue, Dublin 4, Ireland. 163 pp.
  • Mushroom Business. http://www.mushroombusiness.com.
  • Mushroom News. Published monthly by the American Mushroom Institute. http://www.americanmushroom.org/.
  • Royse, D. J., and L. C. Schisler. 1980. Mushrooms: Their consumption, production, and culture development. Interdiscip. Sci. Rev. 5:324-332. Reprints available from authors.

  • Royse, D. J., L. C. Schisler, and D. A. Diehle. 1985. Shiitake Mushrooms: Consumption, production and cultivation. Interdicip. Sci. Rev. 10:329-335. Reprints available from authors.

  • Royse, D. J. 1995. Specialty mushrooms: cultivation on synthetic substrates in the USA and Japan. Interdicip. Sci. Rev. 20:205-214. Reprints available from author.

  • Royse, D. J., and R. B. Beelman. 2007. Six Steps to Mushroom Farming. (web)

  • Royse, D. J. 2003. Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms. (pdf)

  • Royse, D. J. 2008.Cultivation of Shiitake on Natural and Synthetic Logs (pdf)

  • Vedder, P. J. C. 1978. Modern Mushroom Growing. Educaboek, Culemborg, Netherlands. 420 pp.

  • Wuest, P. J., and G. D. Bengtson. 1982. Penn State Handbook for Commercial Mushroom Growers. Pennsylvania Agric. Exp. Sta., University Park, Pennsylvania, 129 p. Catalog # AGRS-027 $65 (How to Order)

More detailed information can be found in the following publications which you might obtain through a local or nearby University Research library:

  • Chang, S. T., and T. H. Quimio. 1982. Tropical Mushrooms: Biological Nature and Cultivation Methods. The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, 493 p.

  • Chang, S. T., and P. G. Miles. 1989. Edible mushrooms and their cultivation. CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. 345 pp.

  • Flegg, P. B., D. M. Spencer, and D. A. Wood. 1985. The Biology and Technology of the Cultivated Mushroom. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NJ. 347 p.

  • Mowday, B.E. 2008. Chester Country Mushroom Farming. Arcadia Publishing. Charleston SC, Chicago IL, Portsmouth NH, San Francisco CA.
  • Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products: Vols. 1-6. 1993-2008. Proceedings of International Conferences held every three years.
  • Mushroom Science: Vols. 1-13. 1950-1991. Published every three to six years by The International Commission on Mushroom Science.

  • Oei, P. 2003. Mushroom Cultivation. 3rd Edition. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Przybylowicz, P., and J. Donoghue. 1988. Shiitake Growers Handbook. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA. 217 p.
  • Sanchez, J. E., and D. J. Royse. 2001. The Biology and Cultivation of Pleurotus (in Spanish). El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico.

  • Stamets, P. 1993. Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms.  Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.

  • Van Griensven, L. J. L. D. 1988. The cultivation of mushrooms. Darlington Mushroom Laboratories, Ltd., Rustington, Sussex, England. 515 p.

  • Wuest, P. J. 1983. Resources needed to farm the 'champignon'. Mycologia 75:341-350.