I have a pet banana plant, that produces leaves faster than they are rotting in the pot. Is there an edible mushroom that will help break the leaves down faster? I have the plant in a large mineral lick tub, and the chopped up leaves are several inches thick on top of the soil. Any good information will be greatly appreciated!
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Aloha Culture bank has some good ideas that were geared to processing waste streams to improve income of African small holding farms, but the specifics of the banana leaves as a substrate is not clearly described. Their web site also contains excellent resources for low temp systems of pasteurization.
Tradd Cotter has also spent time developing techniques for using common tropical organic waste in mushroom culture, which is described in his book. He has focused on attempt to help Haitian farming recover. I think there are some useful chapters in his book. My copy is out on loan, and I can't confirm this recollection.
As rule of thumb that helps determine what can be expected, a good yield might be a lb of mushroom for a lb of DRY weight of substrate. You could probably find an oyster strain that would grow on dried and pasteurized banana waste, but simplified systems will be trickier. However, the results are sometimes interesting if you obtain a yield with little work. Some of the warm weather strains of oyster might be workable. As John notes, the waste can also be processed by composted and used to grow terciary decomposers such as Agaricus.