This text not only explores the breeding problems for Agaricus bisporus, the button mushroom, but approaches the subject in the context of the large range of edible mushrooms which are currently under commercial cultivation worldwide. From the background and general objectives of culture collection and breeding to the genetic systems of edible mushrooms and the molecular biological approaches to breeding, the coverage is in-depth and current. The applications of breeding programmes for specific purposes, including provision of a food source, production of high value fungal metabolites and upgrading of lignocellulosic wastes and wastewater treatment are also discussed.
Table of Contents
Mushroom and mushroom biology, Shu-Ting Chang; culture collections, David Smith; biological background for mushroom breeding, Philip G. Miles; production of a novel whit Flammulina velutipes by breeding, Yutaka Kitamoto et al; physiology and the breeding of Flammulina velutipes, Kenjiro Kinugawa; breeding for mushroom production in Lentinula edodes, Albert H. Ellingboe; protoplast technology and edible mushrooms, John F. Peberdy and Hilary M. Fox; gene transfer in edible fungi using protoplasts, Young Bok Yoo and Dong Yeul Cha; interspecific and intergeneric hybridization of edible mushrooms by protoplast fusion, Kihachiro Ogawa; molecular tools in breeding Agaricus, James B. Anderson; multilocus enzyme electroporesis for the genetic analysis of edible mushrooms, Daniel J. Royse and Bernie May; methods of genetic manipulation in Coprinus cinereus, Patricia J. Pukkila; application of arbitrarily-primed polymerase chain reaction in molecular studies of mushroom species with emphasis on Lentinula edodes, Siu-wai Chiu et al; a strategy for isolating mushroom-inducing genes in edible basidiomycetes, Carlene A. Raper and J. Stephen Horton; edible mushrooms - attributes and applications.