African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 978

Full Length Research Paper

Growth of Lentinus squarrosulus (M.) Singer on sawdust of different tropical tree species

Abbot O. Oghenekaro*, John A. Okhuoya and Emmanuel O. Akpaja
Mushroom Biology Unit, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Benin, P. M. B. 1154, Benin City, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 December 2008
  •  Published: 31 January 2009



Lentinus squarrosulus (Mont.) Singer was cultivated on the sawdust of five economic tropical tree species, Chlorophora excelsaCeltis zenkeriGueracedrataNesogordenia  papaverifera and Brachystegia nigerica, collected during processing at the sawmill. The highest yield of dry fruiting bodies (16.17 ± 1.25 g) was observed on B. nigerica sawdust supplemented with 1% CaCO3, 1% sugar and 20% wheat bran. The lowest yield (4.56 ± 1.84 g), was observed on N. papaverifera sawdust without supple-mentation. The results of this study demonstrate that L. squarrosulus mushroom did not show any particular trend with increase in supplementation level. The study underscores the need for guided use of sawdust types along with the required appropriate supplements.


Key words: Agro-industrial waste, bioconversion, cultivation, edible mushroom, sawmill waste.