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






are encouraged to photograph the wild

A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms by

mushroom in fresh condition, retain a dried
specimen, and make notes about its location

Nancy Smith Weber &Alexanderfl. Smith,
280 pages. University of Michigan Press,

and habitat. Without this data, accurately

Ann Arb or.

identifying the mushroom (and therefore the
culture) will be difficult.
The following field guides are designed primarily to help amateurs in the field.
Professional mycologists (although some hesitate to admit it) refer to these manuals also,
particularly when they need a quick overview
of the species complexes. Scientific monographs are ultimately used for confirming the
identity of a mushroom to species. Amateurs
should be fully aware that even professional
mycologists make mistakes.
All that the Rain Promises & More by David
Arora, 1991, 264 pages. Ten Speed Press,

The Audubon Society Field Guide to North
American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff,
1991, 926.A.A. Knopf, NewYork.

A Field Guide to Western Mushrooms by
Alexander Smith, 280 pages. University of
Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.
Fungi of Japan by R. Imazeki eta!., 1988,624
pages.Yama-Kei Publishers, Tokyo. *
Mushrooms of the Adirondacks, A Field
GuidebyAlan B. Bessette, 1988. 145 pages.

North Country Books, Utica, N.Y.

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora,
1986,959 pages .Ten Speed Press, Berkeley.

The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide by
Alexander Smith & Nancy Smith Weber,
1980. University of Michigan Press, Ann

The New Savory Wild Mushroom by Marga-

ret McKenny, Daniel E. Stuntz, ed. by
JosephAmmirati, 1987,249 pages. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

* This field guide, although in Japanese, is probably one of the best, if not

best field guide published to date. The

photography is exceptional. I highly recommend and admire this volume.

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