About Workshop

We, MUSH-CONFERENCETM welcomes all the attendees, presenters and exhibitors from all over the india to Pune May 30-31, 2020 for “1st National Workshop on Opportunities in Mushroom Sector” and it will entail lively debates, prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks.

The MUSH-CONFERENCETM is  dedicated to bringing together elite speakers for workshop and industrial professionals. It will help listeners to understand Opportunities in Mushroom Sector in Maharashtra and India. This workshop will focus on different topics on mushrooms. Biobritte is parent company of MUSH-CONFERENCETM .

1st Mushroom Workshop- MUSH-CONFERENCETM aims to bring together leading mushroom industrialists in maharashtra and India.

Scope and Importance

Mushrooms are wonder of nature. There are thousands of types of mushrooms. They are super foods which are being used all over world in different recipes and cuisines. This workshop aims to cover different mushroom sectors. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of the fungus comprising reproductive part while mycelium is the vegetative part. Mushrooms, also called ‘white vegetables’ or ‘boneless vegetarian meat’ contain ample amounts of proteins, vitamins and fibre. Mushroom contains 20-35% protein (dry weight) which is higher than those of vegetables and fruits and is of superior quality. Mushrooms are now getting significant importance due to their nutritional and medicinal value and today their cultivation is being done in about 100 countries. Though 20 mushroom varieties are domesticated about half a dozen varieties viz., button, shiiake, oyster, wood ear and paddy straw mushrooms contribute 99% of the total world production. Mushroom offers prospects for converting lignocellulosic residues from agricultural fields, forests into protein rich biomass. Such processing of agro waste not only reduces environmental pollution but the by product of mushroom cultivation is also a good source of manure, animal feed and soil conditioner. (M.P. Thakur, 2014).

In India, mushroom has been a non-traditional cash crop grown indoors, both as a seasonal crop and under the controlled environmental conditions. Button mushroom is cultivated in temperate regions of India. Oyster, milky, paddy straw mushroom is cultivated in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. Two to three crops of button mushroom can be harvested per year under controlled conditions, while for seasonal button mushroom ,one crop is harvested per year.

Till early 1990's, Indian contribution to world trade was minimal. It gathered momentum as the industry became organised with establishment of large scale export oriented units. Total mushroom exports from India in 2009-10 were around 11000 tonnes valued at Rs 66 crore.

Major export destinations for Indian mushroom are US, Israel and Mexico. India exports mushroom in two forms-fresh and prepared/processed. Button mushroom accounts for approximately 95 per cent of total mushroom exports. Indian exports have been subjected to non-tariff barriers and thus the export trend is fluctuating. Although the current share of India in world exports is less than 1 per cent, India has a great export potential.

India's per capita consumption (20-25 g) is comparatively low as compared to Europe and USA (2 to 3 kg).

The domestic demand is growing at a rate of 25 per cent. Half of the mushroom cultivated in the world is consumed as fresh. The processed products for mushroom are in dried, canned and frozen form. Half of the processed mushroom is in canned form. Mushroom has short shelf-life due to high moisture content (85-90 %) and is needed to be processed within 24 hours. The post harvest damages are browning, veil-opening, weight-loss and microbial spoilage.

Untapped potential

Mushroom is efficient means for conversion of agricultural wastes into valuable protein and presents huge potential for generating additional income and employment. In India, the full potential of mushroom cultivation is yet to be unleashed. The cultivation practice has centered on white button mushroom, accounting for 85 per cent of the total production.

The domestic marketing channels lack adequate price support faced with erratic demand and supplies. Lack of trained manpower is among other drawback for the growth of the mushroom industry.

National Research Centre for Mushroom (NRCM) is the nodal institute for providing technical assistance for mushroom cultivation in India. The establishment of NRCM has led to both horizontal and vertical growth of mushroom industry. To make Indian mushroom industry globally competitive, NRCM has been mandated with Research & Development and dissemination of the technical expertise to various stakeholders.

Mushroom as a nutritious food, needs to be popularised. Mushroom cultivation will help in eliminating protein malnutrition among people, primarily dependent on cereals, and offer remunerative employment opportunities. As India's share in global mushroom trade is minimal, coordinated efforts among R&D establishments are needed to disseminate technology to grassroots.


Target Audience:
·           Mushroom growers
·           Biology Students
·           Mushroom Company professionals
·           Food Science Students
·           Agriculture, Biotechnology Experts
·           Doctors
·           Pharma professionals
·           Healthcare Professionals


We, therefore, encourage all colleagues from all over India to participate and help us to make this an unforgettable important and enjoyable congress.

We look forward to seeing you in Pune!


Workshop sessions or Tracks

Track 1 | Mushroom Biology
The term mushroom biology suggests the basic structure of mushrooms, ecology of mushrooms, natural habitat of mushrooms. It compares mushrooms with other species or plants. It can include natural origin of mushrooms. 


Track 2 | Mushroom Cultivation Techniques
It includes conventional and modern mushroom growing techniques adopted by mushroom growers. Overview of mushroom growing technologies in India and world. It includes mushroom cultivation innovations used for growing different type or species of mushrooms.


Track 3 | Mushrooms Post-Harvest Operations
How are they being harvested and processed? Conventional and Modern mushroom harvesting methods. Preservation techniques of different type of mushrooms. Mushrooms Shelf Life and recent innovations in packaging and marketing chain of mushrooms.


Track 4 | Mushrooms Value Added Products
A lot of mushroom value added products are being manufactured by different companies in India and worldwide. Mushroom tooth pastes, Mushroom pasta, Mushroom Noodles, Mushroom Bread, Mushroom wine and beer, Mushroom Cookies, Mushroom Pickles, Mushroom Pickles, Mushroom Cakes etc.


Track 5 | Mushrooms are Super foods
Nutritional Status of mushrooms and mushroom products. What are best nutrients which can be obtained from mushrooms. Can we increase nutrient levels in mushrooms by optimizing mushroom growing systems.


Track 6 | Mushrooms are future medicines 
A lot of research paper suggest mushroom can cure cancer, AIDS. Is it true? Modern Ground Breaking Research and applications of mushrooms in modern Medicines.


Track 7 | Mushrooms in Industrial Applications
Some recent research suggested using mushrooms mycelium to manufacture furniture, structures and different stuffs. 


Workshop Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

The Workshop offers the opportunity to become a workshop sponsor or exhibitor. To participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, please fill  the relevant forms given below.

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