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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Figure 317. G. lucidum (ATCC #52412) 4 and 10 days after inoculation
are a

underlayer—the hymenium—is white and can be drawn upon. As the
develops, the spore producing
allowing the artist to sketch an image.
pores are crushed, a browning reaction occurs, thus
Common Names: Reishi (Japanese for Divine or Spiritual Mushroom)
Ling Chi, Ling Chih, Ling Zhi (Chinese for "Tree of Life" mushroom)
Mannentake (Japanese for "10,000 Year Mushroom", "Mushroom of

Saiwai-take (Japanese for Good-fortune Mushroom)
Sarunouchitake (Japanese for "Monkey's Seat")
The Panacea Polypore
the type mushroom, the pivotal speTaxonomic Synonyms & Considerations: Ganoderma lucidurn is
lucidum grows on oaks, and other
cies around around which the genus concept is centered. Ganoderma
primarily on conifers. G.
hardwoods whereas two close relatives, G. tsugae and G. oregonense, grow
southwest of North America, this species has
tsugae grows on hemlocks, as its name implies, while in the
develop long stems in rebeen reported on white fir, Abies concolor In culture, G. luciduin and G. tsugae
variety of dead or dying
sponse to manipulation of the environment. G. oregonense can
different cultural conconifers, including Tsuga. Knowing how mutable the fomiation of the stalk is under
and hardwood sawdust mixtures,
ditions, and that Ganoderma lucidurn readily fruits on a variety of conifer
delineation of these individuals based solely on habitat seems highly suspect.

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