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






Lentinula edodes (Berkeley) Pegler

inoculation onto sterilized malt extract agar media. Note
Figure 230. Mycelia of L. edodes 25 and 40 days after
This is a strain specific phenomenon and usually
formation of hyphal aggregates in the culture on the left.
reaction of the outer-edge mycelium. This coloration
indicates vigor. The culture at the right shows browning
change as the mycelium ages is typical of Shiitake.

has yet to become highly profitable in
Introduction: Log culture, although traditional in Asia,
the hopes of many woodlot owners. However, log culture does

North America —despite
emerging concept of mycopermaculture.
modest supplementary income and fits well within the
sawdust-based substrates is proving to be highly profitIn contrast, indoor cultivation on sterilized
successful American growers have adapted the
able for those who perfect the technique. Most
mushroom on sterilized substrates by doubling
methods originating in Asia for the cultivation of this
by "through-spawning". The Japanese, Taiwanese and
or tripling the mass of each fruiting block and
shaped bags filled with 1 kilogram of suppleThai production systems typically utilize cylindrically
maximum of two flushes whereas the
mented sawdust which are top-inoculated. This method gives a
apiece) provide 4 or 5 flushes before expiring. The method I
more massive blocks (2-3 kilograms
gives rise to fruitings within 20-3 5 days of inhave developed, and which is illustrated in this book,
achieve on sterilized substrates. This
oculation, two to three times faster than most cultivators
technique is fully described in the ensuing paragraphs.
Common Names: Shiitake (Japanese for "Shii Mushroom")
Golden Oak Mushroom

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