wood chip-digesting fungi and ground nuts
Joel B Gruver (jbgFC@hamp.hampshire.edu)
Sun, 27 Nov 1994 19:26:03 -0500 (EST)
I have 2 info requests.
First, I have access to large volumes of roughly
chipped hardwood limbs with a small amount of foliage and coniferous
limbs mixed in. (These materials were chipped by a road maintenance crew.)
Black cherry is probably the dominant hardwood constituent.
I am looking for a method of accelerating the decomposition of
these materials so that I can use them as a soil amendment. I am
wondering if there is a species of fungi that I can innoculate or
encourage to accelerate the break down of such high lignin materials.
Where can I find good information on the biochemistry of fungal digestion of
high ligno-cellulosic materials ? Is there an edible species of mushroom
that I can culture on this material ?
Where can I find information on the cultivation of the wild edible
plant (Apios americana, common name: ground nut) ? Who is researching the
economic potential of this plant ? Where can I obtain seeds, cuttings... of
groundnuts selected for desirable traits ?
Hampshire College Farm Center