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






Figure 213. The clustered Woodlover, tiypholoma
capnoides, growing from a Douglas fir stump.

Figure 214. H. capnoides fruiting from sterilized
hardwood sawdust.

spawn/moist sawdust). The sawdustlchip
chips, but the spawn rate should not exceed 10% (moist
outdoor planting. The yield of this mushblocks can be fruited after a resting period, or be used for
room is not enhanced by bran-like supplements.
SuggestedAgar Culture Media: MEA, PDYA, DFA or OMYA.
the first two generations. Sterilized
1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Spawn Media: Grain spawn for
fruited or used as spawn for outdoor insawdust is best for the third generation. The sawdust can be

Substrates for Fruiting: Unsupplemented alder, oak, or conifer

(Douglas fir) sawdust, chips, logs or


Recommended Containers for Fruiting: Bags, bottles or trays.


sawdust. Yields should substantially
Yield Potentials: . 10—.25 lbs. of mushrooms per 5 lbs.
reports on the cultivation of
with strain development and further experimentation. I have not seen any
this mushroom.

Since the stems elongate

Harvest Hints: Mushrooms should be harvested when the caps arethe
harvest method is similar. OutEnokitake
much in the same manner as

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