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University of Pikeville Receives Grant to Research Appalachian Mushroom Growth in Abandoned Coal Mines
Kentucky Ag Connection - 09/15/2023

The University of Pikeville is getting a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project researching the potential to grow regional specialty mushrooms in abandoned coal mines.

The project will test if waste within the mines can be used to help the growing process. UPike researchers say coal mines could provide the ideal environment to grow a large amount of Appalachian mushrooms, which can be sold as gourmet ingredients at a high value.

“In addition to the high values of the crops themselves, our mushrooms can consume most organic wastes,” Assistant Professor of Biology Byron Meade said in a release. “We can recycle material such as cardboard and produce gourmet edible mushrooms.”


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