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All India Coordinated Mushroom Improvement Project, Pune Centre
Maharashtra is the second largest state of the country with wide diversity in climatic conditions and soil types favouring the cultivation of various crops including mushrooms. Abundant agro / industrial wastes are available with the farmers. Research on different aspects of mushroom cultivation was initiated at the Plant Pathology Section of this College as early as in 1972 and spawn production techniques were standardized by this section and spawn supply to mushroom growers was started in 1973. Different experiments were also started at Post Graduate Institute, MPKV, Rahuri during same period. Recognizing the pioneering research work on mushroom in this University, the ICAR, New Delhi has sanctioned the AICMIP Center to this College in 1983.
Oyster, locally known as “Dhingri mushroom” is now popularized among the common people because of simple technique of cultivation and less investment. The popularity of the milky mushroom among the growers is increasing and demand for milky mushroom is increasing in Mumbai and Pune city. Few growers have started growing milky mushroom in the state successfully.