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






Pleurotus djamor (Fries) Boedjin sensu lato

Figure 269. Mycelium of P djamor 5 & 10 days after inoculation onto malt extract agar media.

Introduction: This species encompasses a complex of brilliantly pink Oyster mushrooms. The pink
Oyster varieties are the most common occurring wild Pleurotus in pan-tropical climatic zones of
the world. Known for its speed to fruiting, ability to flourish on a wide variety of base materials, and high
temperature tolerance, this species is so aggressive as to colonize unpasteurized bulk substrates before
competitors can flourish. When growing this mushroom en masse, albino clusters sometimes form.

Common Names:

The Pink Oyster Mushroom
The Salmon Oyster Mushroom
The Strawberry Oyster
The Flamingo Mushroom
Takiiro Hiratake (Japanese)
Tabang ngungut (Dasun-Northern Borneo)

Taxonomic Synonyms & Considerations: This mushroom has a trail of synonyms, when taken as a

whole, represent a large complex of pan-tropical varieties. Pleurotusfiabellatus (Berk. & Br.)
Saccardo, P. ostreato-roseus Singer and P. salmoneo-stramineus Vasil. are included within the
Pleurotus djamor species complex. Although the mushrooms are usually pink, this color is temporal,
sometimes fading as the mushrooms mature.

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