Growing gourmet and medical mushrooms

Paul Stamets. Growing gourmet and medical mushrooms. - Ten Speed Press, 2000


1. Mushrooms, Civilization and History

2. The Role of Mushrooms in Nature

3.Selecting a Candidate for Cultivation

4. Natural Culture: Creating Mycological Landscapes

5. The Stametsian Model: Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

6. Materials fo rFormulating a Fruiting Substrate

7. Biological Efficiency: An Expression of Yield

8. Home-made vs. Commercial Spawn

9. The Mushroom Life Cycle

10. The Six Vectors of Contamination

11. Mind and Methods for Mushroom Culture

12. Culturing Mushroom Mycelium on Agar Media

13. The Stock Culture Library: A Genetic Bank of Mushroom Strains

14. Evaluating a Mushroom Strain

15. Generating Grain Spawn

16. Creating Sawdust Spawn

17. Growing Gourmet Mushrooms on Enriched Sawdust

18. Cultivating Gourmet Mushrooms on Agricultural Waste Products

19. Cropping Containers

20. Casing: A Topsoil Promoting Mushroom Formation

21. Growth Parameters for Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Species

Spawn Run: Colonizing the Substrate

Primordia Formation: The Initiation Strategy

Fruitbody (Mushroom) Development

The Gilled Mushrooms

The Polypore Mushrooms of the Genera Ganoderma, Grifola and Polyporus

The Lion’s Mane of the Genus Hericium

The Wood Ears of the Genus Auricularia

The Morels: Land-Fish Mushrooms of the Genus Morchella

The Morel Life Cycle

22. Maximizing the Substrate’s Potential through Species Sequencing

23. Harvesting, Storing, and Packaging the Crop for Market

24. Mushroom Recipes: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labors

25. Cultivation problems & Their Solutions: A Troubleshoting guide


I. Description of Environment for a Mushroom Farm

II. Designing and Building A Spawn Laboratory

III. The Growing Room: An Environment for Mushroom Formation & Development

IV. Resource Directory

V. Analyses of Basic Materials Used in Substrate Preparation

VI. Data Conversion Tables




Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is terrific. It solidifies Paul Stamets' reputation as a
mycological trailblazer. It is practical, comprehensive as well as inspirational—an absolute must
for anyone who wants to grow their own mushrooms....
David Arora, author Mushrooms Denzysttfled and All That the Rain Promises and

Stamets draws on the collective experience of centuries of mushroom cultivation, creating a revolutionary model for the use of higher fungi. Not only does it cover every aspect of cultivation, he
also addresses the issues of environmentalism, health and business. For anyone who has ever wanted
to grow mushrooms, this is "The Book".
Alan E. Bessette, Ph.D. , Utica College of Syracuse University, NY.

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject I
have seen in my 30 years as a mycologist and mushroom specialist. It is an absolute must for the
day-to-day activities of professional mushroom growers and an extremely valuable resource for
amateur growers, agricultural extension personnel, researchers, teachers, students, marketers, and
anyone with an interest in mushroom culture and its practical applications. I heartily recommend
this book to mushroom aficionados everywhere.
S. C. Jong, Ph.D., The American Type Culture Collection, Rockville, MD.

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is the best and most comprehensive guide to growing mushrooms ever published. But Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is much more than
a grower's manual: it is a visionary quest—and Paul Stamets is your best possible guide—not just
for informing you about growing mushrooms, but for transforming you into a myco-warrior, an ac-

tive participant in a heroic, Gaian process of planetary healing through mushroom cultivation.
Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is a sacred text for spiritual growth—an instruction
manual for all those seeking a happier and healthier way of life...
Gary Lincoff, author, The Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms, the New York
Botanical Garden, N.Y.C.

Paul Stamets is the most successful cultivator of a wide range of exotic mushrooms known to me.
In this latest book he brings together history, folklore, scientific facts and his own extensive first hand
experience—all presented in an entertaining and informative format. As with the earlier Mushroom
Cultivator, Growing Gourmet & MedicinalMushrooms will certainly become a standard reference.
Scott Redhead, Ph.D., Dept. of Botany University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms is the most comprehensive and exciting book on the
subject to be published. I hope it will make many of these useful species more available to more people

throughout the world, because I believe these mushrooms can enrich our lives as well as improve
our health.
Andrew T. Weil, M.D., author, Health and Healing and The Natural Mind.

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