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






Maximum Temperature: Ambient
Minimum Temperature: Ambient
Humidity: Ambient, augmented to 85=100% by
overhead sprinklers.
Light: Ambient. Indirect natural light coming

from the sides is best.
Insulation: None needed.
Positive Pressurization: n/a

Additional Comments: Two structures meet
these needs well. The first is the simplest. By
constructing a hoop type greenhouse and covering it with 70-80% shade or "bug-out" cloth,
moisture can penetrate through to interior and

air flow is naturally high. If the pore spacing
is fine enough, as in the commercially available anti-bug screens ("bug-out"), then flies
will be hindered from entry. If a metal roofed,
open sided, hay-barn is used, then draping the
this fabric from the outer frame to create fabric walls will accomplish a similar function.
In either environment, a simple, overhead mist-

ing system activated by a timer or hand
controls, will promote additional mushroom
crops. Compared to the details needed for the
controlled environment, high efficiency growing rooms, the construction of these types of
rooms are self-explanatory and open to modification.

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