Design and implementation of a cost-aware and smart oyster mushroom cultivation system

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Souag, A., Elewi, A., Hajhamed, A., Khankan, R., Duman, S. and Ahmed, A. 2024. Design and implementation of a cost-aware and smart oyster mushroom cultivation system. Smart Agricultural Technology. Volume 8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atech.2024.100439
AuthorsSouag, A., Elewi, A., Hajhamed, A., Khankan, R., Duman, S. and Ahmed, A.
Abstract

Mushrooms are a nutritious food source, which can play a crucial role in providing affordable sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals for people worldwide, but their cultivation requires extensive training and considerable relevant expertise in order to fine-tune multiple environmental parameters.

Internally displaced people in the Northern regions of Syria rely on very small-scale traditional oyster mushroom production, which cannot meet their local demand. Many international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working for Syrian refugees, work on mushroom cultivation projects. They have reported significant difficulties and challenges in mushroom cultivation amongst the targeted beneficiaries. Therefore, the two main questions driving this research are: (1) How can organic mushroom cultivation be promoted using a robust and affordable intelligent mushroom farming system? (2) How can organic mushroom farming practices be simplified to support internally displaced and refugee Syrians?

This research evaluates the process of automating mushroom cultivation by designing and implementing a smart oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) mushroom farming system to remotely monitor and manage environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, air quality and illumination, inside the farm. Furthermore, ready and dedicated user-friendly web interfaces were also implemented to enable farmers to remotely monitor and manage their farms through the Internet. As a result, a dependable and cost-effective intelligent oyster mushroom cultivation system was designed and implemented in this work. The system includes remote monitoring and management via user-friendly interfaces. This simplifies mushroom cultivation for not only refugees and displaced communities, but also for mushroom farmers in low-income countries. This work can contribute to the eradication of poverty and hunger, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals one and two.

KeywordsMushroom cultivation; Smart farming; Smart agriculture; Remote monitoring and management (RMM); Internet of Things (IoT); ThingSpeak™
Year2024
JournalSmart Agricultural Technology
Journal citationVolume 8
PublisherElsevier
ISSN2772-3755
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atech.2024.100439
Official URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2772375524000443?via%3Dihub
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Deposited15 Apr 2024
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