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






The Black Poplar Mushroom of the Genus Agrocybe
Agrocybe aegerita (Brigantini) Singer

Figure 192. Mycelium 01 A. aegerita3and 7 days after inoculation.

Agrocybe aegerita

flavor when young.
Introduction This mushroom has a mellow and attractive
in nature and in the

forming large clusters—both
grows prolifically on deciduous wood debris, often
is an excellent candidate for stump recycontrolled environment of the growing room. This species
cling, especially in the southeastern United States.
Common Names: The Black Poplar Mushroom
The SwordbeltAgrOcYbe
Yanagi-matsutake (Japanese)
Pioppino (Italian)
South Poplar Mushroom or
which may well be split into several
Taxonomic Synonyms & ConsideratiOflS A variable fungus
called a Pholiota, P. aegerita. Other syndistinct taxa with more research, this mushroom was once
1986), orAgrocybe cylindracea (DC. ex Fr.) Maire, a
onyms are Pholiota cylindracea Gillet (Singer,
(1982) prefers Agrocybe cylindrica (De Candolle
name still preferred by Asian mycologists. Watling
Singer andA. praecox (Pers. ex Fr.) Fayod are related speex Fries) Maire. Agrocybe molesta (Lasch)
described here. Their flavor, in the opinion of
cies and may be cultivated using the same methods
work on the taxa of the southeastern

many mycophagists, is not as good as A. aegerita. More
Agrocybes is needed.

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