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





The Polypore Mushrooms
of the Genera
Ganoderma, Grifola
and Polyporus



use of Polypores spans millennia and, of

all the

medicinal mushrooms, they reign supreme. Polypores are
more often incorporated into the pharmacopeia of native peoples
than any other type of mushroom. Historically, cultures from tropical
Amazonia to the extreme northern sub-polar zones of Eurasia have
discovered the power of Polypores in preserving and improving hu-

man health. Polypores have also figured prominently in the
cosmological view of native peoples, often being referred to as
sources of eternal strength and wisdom.
The Agaria of Sarmatia, a pre-Scythian culture, used a Polypore at

the time of Christ to combat illness. They bestowed this Polypore
with the name of agarikon, undoubtedly to honor its value to their
society. The Greek philosopher Dioscorides, recorded its name as
agaricum circa 200 A.D. Its use persisted throughout the Middle
Ages and tea made from this wood conk was prescribed as one of the
herbal remedies for tuberculosis.

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