Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Food Science

First Advisor

Dr. Shyam S. Kurup

Second Advisor

Dr. Mohamed Salem

Third Advisor

Dr. Abdul Jaleel Cheruth

Abstract

Mushrooms has been known as important cultivars for their nutritional and medicinal values, the species Pleurotus sajor caju and Calocybe indica were selected in this investigation for being used in previous studies to be grown on different lignocellulosic materials. Cultivating mushrooms on plant wastes is value-added way to produce a source of human food and is an efficient way to recycle those residues. Date palm leaf waste, date palm bunch waste and mowed turf grass waste were used as mushroom growing substrates. Date palm is the most important plant grown in the UAE and it produce tons of wastes every year similarly with the turf grass. This study aims to use sustainable and novel technology for recycling organic waste for value addition with reference to UAE. The objectives focuses on assessing the bio efficiency of two different mushroom species in degrading the organic waste materials, the quality of spent waste to utilize it as organic matter for enriching the soil, the quality of spent waste in terms of using as ruminant feed and the comparable quality of mushrooms. Parameters that were tested are: growing period, fresh and dry weight of the yield, biological efficiency, macro-nutrients and trace minerals, proline, crude fiber and protein. It was concluded that concluded that the Pleurotus sajor has a higher nutritional value than Calocybe indica and date palm bunch waste has the higher values between three used substrates to be used in animal feed and soil enrichment

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