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Mushroom Cultivation and Marketing
Penn State University has received a $950,000 grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop and conduct outreach on organic controls for disease and insect pests of mushrooms. The project will test the effectiveness of organic controls for Lecanicillium and Trichoderma fungal diseases, phorid and sciarid flies, and bacterial blotch disease. Compost management, beneficial bacteria, and essential oils are some of the strategies that will be tested in the three-year project. Researchers will also test whether herbicides or fungicides used on materials used in mushroom compost persist and are taken up by the mushrooms.