Mushroom farms wage chemical-free fight against mycoparasites
In a circular economy, materials are fully recycled. The mushroom sector is one of the best examples, providing high quality protein from crop substrates based on agricultural waste of biological origin. Mushroom growers, however, are still struggling to overcome dependence on chemical fungicides to fight mycoparasites. The EU-funded BIOSCHAMP project will develop a peat-free casing soil to serve as a carrier for the selected microbiota that will act as crop biostimulants. The solution will be tested at four mushroom farms across the EU which integrate all the European cropping systems. The goal is to improve industrial profitability while reducing the agronomical need for pesticides by 90 %. This will help mushroom growers meet consumer demands to find alternatives to fungicide dependence.
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Funding SchemeIA - Innovation action
2678 PS De Lier
5406 XT Uden