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






•Fhc Black Poplar mu' iroom
35 days after inoculation.
chips 32. 33,

aegerita) fruiting on supplemented alder sawdustJ


3rd generation, which can then be used
and 2nd generation spawn. Sawdust is recommended for the
Sawdust spawn is also recommended
to as spawn for inoculation directly into slices cut into stumps.
for inoculation into sterilized, supplemented hardwood sawdust.
oak and alder sawdust/chips.
Substrates for Fruiting: I have fruited this species on supplemented
Willow, poplar, cottonwood, and maple also support substantial
Polypropylene bags and trays. This mushroom is better

Recommended Containers for Fruiting:

grown from horizontal surfaces than from vertical ones.
sterilized sawdust/chips/bran.
Yield Potentials: Up to 1 lb. of fresh mushrooms per 5-6 lb. block of
and cottonwood stumps
Given the size of fruitings occurring naturally, large diameter willow,
could sustain massive fruitings for many years.
should be encourHarvest Hints: A more fragile mushroom than it at first appears, this mushroom
shelf-life is prolonged.
aged to grow in clusters. If mushrooms are harvested before the veils break,
resemblance to the Button mushForm of Product Sold to Market: Fresh, because of this mushroom's
"new" species.
room (Agaricus brunnescens) marketing is not as difficult as with many

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