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









Contaminants localized
to point of transfer

Culture contaminated

Isolate new culture.

Scalpel contaminated

Flame sterilize scalpel longer.

Airborne contamination

Filter air & use good sterile

Contaminated mediaInsufficient sterilization

Increase sterilization time.

Hands upstream of
cultures during inoculation
in airstream of laminar
flow hood

Keep hands downstream of
inoculation site.

Humidity too low

Increase lab rH to 50% or wrap
petri dishes with tape or
elastic film.
Place cultures outside of

Contaminants appear
equally over the surface
of agar media

Media evaporates, cracks,
before colonization is

Culture in airstream

Grain spawn contaminates
before opening, before

Bacteria endemic to grain

Contaminants enter during

Mycelium does not grow

Too dry

Soak grain overnight to
trigger endospores into
germination, making them
susceptible to heat
Filter air during cool-down
or open pressure vessel at 1 psi
in clean room.
Over-sterilized. Cook 1-2
hours at 15 psi.
Reduce surface area or porosity
of filter media.

Bacterial contamination

Soak grain spawn overnight.

Boil grain in a cauldron before

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