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






Growth Parameters
Spawn Run:

Incubation Temperature: 75-85° F. (24-29° C.)
Relative Humidity: 90-100%
Duration: 10-14 days.
C02: 5000 - 20,000 ppm.
Fresh Air Exchanges: 1-2 per hour
Light Requirements: n/a

Primordia Formation:

Initiation Temperature: 70-80° (90°) F. (2 1-27°
Relative Humidity: 98-100%
Duration: 3-5 days
C02: < 1000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8
Light Requirements: 500-1000 lux.

Fruitbody Development:
Temperature: 70-85° F. (2 1-29° C.)
Relative Humidity: 90-95%
Duration: 3-5 days
C02: < 1000 ppm
FreshAir Exchanges: 4-8
Light Requirements: 500-1000 lux.

Cropping Cycle:
Two crops, 10-14 days apart.

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duration of cooking, underscores the Golden
gression of flavors, primarily affected by the
mushroom's versatility as an esculent.
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of the first
mushroom are over-cultured, the golden color is one
met mushrooms. When strains of this
in the
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features to be lost. The brightness of the gold cap
(16mushroom, primordia will not
growing room. A high temperature tolerant
between spawning and fruiting, and its
18° C.). Coupled with
cultivation in warmer climates of Asia, the southcottonseed hulls, this mushroom is better suited for
months in temperate regions. Its penchant for
ern United States or Mexico, or during the summer
bouquets, makes harvesting easy and prevents damage
forming clusters, which I call golden gourmet

to individual mushrooms.
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