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 308. In as short as 7 days, mushrooms form.
A hoop frame covered with plastic helps maintain
humidity and warmth at night during the primor-

dia formation period.

together and bulked steamed at
For indoor cultivation, the mass is mixed
and other supplements
for 2-4 days. The nitrogen-rich cottonseed hulls
F. (32-38° C.), grain spawn is thoroughly mixed
of the substrate. When the mass is cooled to
F. (8-12° C.) above room temperature during colonithrough. The bed temperature is usually
casing layer can be provided to stimulate even
zation. 4-5 days after spawning, a moist, shallow
mushroom formation, which usually occurs 4-6 days days
Suggested Agar Culture Media: MYA, OMYA and
wheat, sorghum, milo, corn, millet in liter or
1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation Spawn Media: Rice, rye,
convenient-to-use 5-10 liter plastic bags.
quart bottles. The final spawn is usually provided in
sawdusts. Wheat straw also supports
Substrates for Fruiting: Straw, preferably rice, hardwood

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