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






Grow Room Layout

Figure 388. Floor plan of standard growing room complex. This configuration allows for 6 growing rooms
processing areas to be housed under one roof.

airplane shells
airplane hangers
army barracks
bomb shelters
car washes
cargo containers
hog farms
missile silos
poultry sheds
potato bunkers
ship hulls
Quonset huts
train cars
slaughter houses
train & highway tunnels warehouses
volcano (lava) tubes
In general, custom designed growing rooms
will perform better than structures which have
been engineered for other purposes. However,
with wise modifications, any of the above structures can be made into intensive growing

Whereas the laboratory is maintained at a
constant temperature and humidity, the grow-


ing room's environment is fluctuated during
the development of the mushroom crop. These
changes in environment are specific, and sometimes must be radical, to trigger the
switch-over to mushroom formation and development. A whole new set of skills is demanded
of the growing room manager which are distinctly not needed by the laboratory technician.
The ability of the manager to implement these
changes is directly affected by the design of the

growing rooms. Here are some of the design
criteria that must be satisfied for creating a
functioning growing room.

Design Criteria for the
Growing Rooms
1) Shape The general shape of a growing
room should be rectangular. I have never seen a
square or circular growing room function well.
The growing room should be at least twice as

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