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 231 & 232. Oak logs incubating after inoculation with Shiitake plug spawn in uninsulated, shade clothed
greenhouses in Japan and in United States.

Black Forest Mushroom
Black Mushroom
Oakwood Mushroom
Chinese Mushroom
Shiangu-gu or Shiang Ku (Chinese for "Fragrant Mushroom")

Taxonomic Considerations: Shiitake mushrooms were originally described as Agaricus edodes by
Berkeley in 1877. Thereupon the mushroom has been variously placed in the Genera Collybia,
Armillaria, Lepiota, Pleurotus and Lentinus. Most cultivators are familiar with Shiitake as Lentinus
edodes (Berk.) Singer. Shiitake has recently been moved to the Genus Lentinula by Pegler
The Genus Lentinula was originally conceived by Earle in the early 1900's and resurrected by
Pegler in the 1970's to better define members formerly placed in Lentinus. Both genera are characterized by white spores, centrally to eccentrically attached stems, gill edges which are often serrated,
and a distinct preference for woodland environments. The genera differ primarily in microscopic features. The Genus Lentinulais monomitic, i.e. lacking dimitic hyphae in the flesh, and have cells fairly
parallel and descending in their arrangement within the gill trama. Members in the Genus Lentinus
have a flesh composed of dimitic hyphae and have highly irregular or interwoven cells in the gill

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