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






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other collectors, that the P cyanescenS group
possibilities: either these mushrooms are exceedingly rare
Pacific Northwest of North America. Two
minor player in saprophytizing fir cones), and are
in nature, evolving from micro-niches (such as a
species were just recently introduced fromAustralia
now undergoing a population explosion; or these
Moser & Horak and Psilocybe bohemica Sebek, and the Austraor Europe. The European P. serbica
subaeruginosa Clel.) fall into the Caramel Capped
lian P. australiana Guzman & Watling (= ?P.
chipped wood for use in landscaping has
Psilocybe complex. In any case, the sudden availability of
all the mycoflora found in suburban and urban setbrought these autumnal species to the forefront of
quickly projecting exquisitely formed,
tings. They all thrive on paper products, especially cardboard,
thick white rhizomorphs. (See Figure 96).
mushrooms in the course of cultivating ornamental
Many gardeners unsuspectingly grow these mushrooms in this group are some of the few that
plants, especially rhododendrOnS and roses. Since
the mycological landscaper is blessed with
thrive well into November in Washington and Oregon,
mushrooms at a time when few others are in their prime.

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