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 357. This 4 lb. Morel was discovered in a
backyard after flood waters receded,


Figure 358. The freak occurrence of Morels popping

up from nursery grown, potted Phlox plants still
mystifies me. This discovery steered me onto a fruitless path of experimentation.

U A rain soaked and decomposing straw bale in the middle of a wheat field yielded an enormous
Morel weighing several pounds.
U From the ruins of a house destroyed by fire in Idaho, huge Morels were found in a basement coal
bin. The strain I cloned from these mushrooms is known as "M-ll" and is featured in this book.
I A local nursery was selling Phlox plants and from every pot Morels were sprouting. (See Figure 358.)

U An old timer recently told me that, after shooting a chicken-killing dog one autumn, he was
shocked to find Morels fruiting in a circle around the decomposing carcass the following spring. (I
forgot to ask him whether or not he ate the Morels....)
I Recently, an excited women called me from Napa Valley, California. To her family's utter disbelief
they found a Morel fruiting from the ashes of their indoor fireplace. The fireplace had not been
used for 6 months. They have no idea how it got there.

U Near Vancouver, Washington one of my students planted Morel spawn into the ashes of his barbecue grill which was located on a verandah of his condominium. He was amazed to find Morels
popping up from his hibachi several months later.
Baffling and beguiling, Morels continue to tease us with their peculiar sense of humor. If any readers know of similarly unusual encounters of the Morel kind, I would like to know. Please write me do
Fungi Perfecti, EQ. Box 7634, Olympia, Wa. 98507 USA.

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