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






ideal habitat which yielded huge
Figure 356. The aftermath of the Yellowstone Fire created an

quantities of

edible & choice Morels.

denominator shared by all these habitats? Who knows?
What in the world could be the common
of the fire, the beauty bark bed and the gravel
The only habitats I can easily recreate are the aftermath
reliable, and reproducible. Fire de-

road bed. Of these, the fire-treated habitat has proved the most
of carbon and nitrogen while proportionately
stroys competitors and reduces nutrient levels
wasteland supports little life, save for
increasing levels of calcium, potassium and mineral salts. This
the treasured Morel.
lies ready in the waiting. How Morels
When nature suffers a catastrophe, the Morel life cycle
mystifying. In the spring of 1989, after
thrive in the charred desolation left by a forest fire is, in itself,
huge fruitings of Morels emerged from the
the massive Yellowstone fires of the previous summer,
discovered one year after the Mt. St.
ashen landscape. Some of the largest Morel finds in history were
filled their pick-up trucks to
Helen's eruption. So abundant were the fruitings that excited
and disbelief, the gritty ash made the
the brim with hundreds of pounds of Morels. To their dismay
mushrooms entirely inedible.
bewildering, and in certain cases apStories of unusual morel fruitings are as enticing as they are
proach legendary status. Here are a few examples:
sludge from a Washington pulp company
I A massive Morel fruiting occurred several weeks after
was flooded into a tree nursery. Thousands of Morels sprang up.
under a foot of water for more than
I After a flood in eastern Oregon, where a family's backyard was
followed. (See Figure 357.)
a week, Motels weighing several pounds soon

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