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






yard and in compost piles. Once an outdoor
Comments: This is a great mushroom to grow in your
For impatient cultivators, indoor cultipatch is established, Shaggy Manes can fruit for many years.
about territorial confinement of
vation is recommended. For mycological landscaperS not
excellent companion to garden plants.
their mushroom patch, the Shaggy Mane is an
is completely colonized in two weeks with a
After pasteurized compost is inoculated, the substrate
colonization is complete, a moist casing (peat moss!
cottony, non-rhizomorPhic mycelium. When
be seen reaching through the upper surface
gypsum) layer is applied. After 10 days, the mycelium can
increase watering, and introduce light to stimulate
of the casing. At this stage, lower the temperature,
casing layer is vigorously raked just as the mycefruiting. Yields can be substantially increased if the
hum beings to show on the surface of the casing.
size of a dime to a quarter. The primordia are
The primordia form as circular dials, between the
collar forms within the dial and arises to form a dome.
unique in that they are wide and flat. An inner
mushroom. The circular zone visible at the primorThis dome soon shoots up to form a recognizable
of the mature mushroom.
dial stage becomes the movable ring resting on the stem
Stamets & Chilton (1983), and Mueller et al.
For more information, consult Van de Bogart (1976),

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