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Mushroom Research Center (MRC)

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology's Mushroom Research Center provides unique facilities for conducting mushroom research.

The MRC is located at the north edge of campus and contains a spawning-casing area, two Phase II rooms, two spawn-production rooms, eleven production rooms, and an analytical-clinical lab. Staff assist faculty and students with research trials on the commercial button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), as well as shiitake (Lentinula edodes), oyster (Pleurotus), and other specialty mushrooms.

The present MRC, located at the north edge of campus, was constructed in 1960 with a combination of state and Federal monies and equipped with funds from private industry from across the U.S. and Canada. An addition, funded by the General State Authority in 1973, was integrated into the existing facility, providing more efficient and increased research capacity.

The main building (6,552 square feet) contains a spawning-casing area, two Phase II rooms, two spawn-growing rooms, 11 varying-sized production rooms, and an office-laboratory of analytical/clinical procedures. There is also a composting shed (646 square feet) and a storage building of 1600 square feet.

Staff assist faculty, students, and faculty from other universities with research trials on the commercial button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), as well as shiitake (Lentinula edodes), oyster (Pleurotus spp.), and other specialty mushrooms.