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Ozone in Mushroom Growing
Mushrooms are highly nutritious and a valuable crop but commercial growing presents many problems. Usually, the crop is of high density making it susceptible to the spread of disease. These diseases by their nature are prolific and difficult to stop without damaging the actual crop.
Mushrooms themselves are a fungus and as such are susceptible to treatments designed to destroy the diseases. Ozone is recognised as a safe water additive for foodstuffs and can be used safely to clean rooms and to water crops.
Between crop's the growing room can be thoroughly washed down prior to refilling using high level ozonated water. This disinfection process is extremely effective and can replace the use of dangerous chemicals.
Ozonated water can also be used for watering the mushroom crop, replacing the use of some chlorine-based chemicals. Ozone in the air before the room is filled and during the initial days when all growth is well covered can destroy disease spores and organisms in the air. These spores enter the room on dust, on people and in the air. Ozone in the air can reduce the incidence and spread of these diseases.