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






MYPA media.
Figure 212. Mycelium 5 and 10 days after inoculation into sterilized

adorned with fine remnants of the partial
occasionally possessing an obtuse umbo. Cap margin often
age. Surface smooth, moist, and
veil, soon disappearing, pale yellowish, becoming buff yellow inseceding,
close, white at first, soon
lacking a separable gelatinous skin (pellicle). Gills attached, soon
enlarged at the base,
grayish, and eventually smoky grayish purple brown in age. Stem
faint annular zone, becoming
covered with fine hairs. Partial veil cortinate, sometimes leaving a
growing in clusters.
dusted purple brown with spores on the upper regions of the stem.
in the western United
Distribution: Widely distributed across North America, particularly common
distributed throughStates. Also found throughout the temperate regions of Europe,
out similar ecological zones of the world.
mushroom is frequently found
Natural Habitat: A lover of conifer wood, especially Douglas fir, this
with other interesting relatives, in "beauty bark"
on stumps or logs. I often find this mushroom, along
Although not reported on alder in the
used for landscaping around suburban and urban buildings.
chips of Alnus rubra.
wild, I have successfully grown this species on sterilized wood
smooth, with a germ
Microscopic Features: Spores purple brown in mass, 6-7 x 4.0-4.5 ellipsoid,
pore at one end. Cheilocystidia, pleurocystidia and clamp
the flesh adjacent to the
Available Strains: Strains are easily acquired by cloning the cap context or

mushroom under the name of
pith located at the stem base. Some culture laboratories list this
Naematolorna capnoides.

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