African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12254

Full Length Research Paper

The effect of the interaction of varying chicken manure supplement levels with three different solid sisal wastes substrates on sporocarp cap lengths and diameters, stipe lengths and diameters and dry weights of Coprinus cinereus (Schaeff) S. Gray

Liberata Nyang’oso Mwita, Sylvester Leonard Lyantagaye and Anthony Manoni Mshandete*
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Uvumbuzi Road, University of Dar es Salaam, P.O. Box 35179, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania.
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  •  Accepted: 25 November 2010
  •  Published: 14 February 2011



Coprinus cinereus (Schaeff) S. Gray is an indigenous Tanzanian edible and medicinal mushroom, which grows in the wild on decomposed sisal wastes heaps. In the laboratory, it was cultivated on three types of sisal wastes substrates each supplemented with varying chicken manure concentrations 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25% using solid-state fermentation bioreactors. The results showed that the interaction of sisal dust, sisal fibres and sisal decortications leaves wastes substrates with chicken manure at varying concentrations, produced a highly significant effect (p < 0.05) on cap lengths and diameters, stipe lengths and diameters and dry weights ofC. cinereus (Schaeff) S. Gray The interactions of sisal dust waste with 5% chicken manure concentration induced longest mean cap length and widest mean cap diameter. On the other hand, the interaction of sisal leaves decortications wastes with 25% chicken manure concentration produced heaviest sporocarpsmean dry weight. These findings for the first time illustrate importance of chicken manure supplementation in C. cinereus (Schaeff) S. Gray cultivation on sisal decortications wastes substrates.


Key words: Coprinus cinereus, chicken manure, solid sisal wastes, sporocarps, pileus, stipe.

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