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







Scientific Name

Common Name

Scientific Name

Conunon Name

Ostyra spp.


Quercus lvrata
Quercus michauxii
Que rcus mongolica
Quercus ,nuehlenbergii
Quercus myrsinae
Quercus nigra.
Quercus nuttalli
Quercus palustris
Quercus phellos
Quercus prunis
Quercus rubra
Quercus semiserrata
Quercus serrata
Quercus spinosa
Quercus variabilis
Quercus virgin iana
Rhus spp.
Rhus glabra
Rhus succedanea
Robinia spp.
Robinia neomexicana

Overcup Oak
Swamp Chestnut Oak

Ostyra ca rpm ifolia

Ostrya virginiana
Platvcarya strobilacea
Cottonwoods &
Populus spp.
Balsam Poplar
Populus balsaniifera
Populus deltoides
Populus fremontii
Populus grandidentata
Popuius heterophylla
Populus nigra
Populus tremuloides
Populus trichocarpa
Prosopis spp.
Prosopis juliflora
Prosopis pubescens
Quercus spp.
Quercus acuta
Quercus acutissima
Quercus agrifolia
Quercus a/ba
Quercus aliena
Quercus be/la
Quercus brandisiana
Quercus chrsolepis
Quercus crispula
Quercus dentata
Quercus emoryi
Quercus fabri
Quercus falcata
Quercus gambelii
Quercus garryana
Quercus glandulifera
Quercus glauca
Quercus grosseserrata
Quercus kelloggi
Quercus kerjj
Quercus kin giana
Quercus lobara
Quercus laurifolia

Eastern Cottonwood
Fremont Cottonwood
Bigtooth Aspen
Swamp Cottonwood
Black Poplar
Quaking Aspen
Black Cottonwood
Honey Mesquite
Screw Pod Mesquite

Californa Live Oak
White Oak

Robinia pseudoacacia
Salix spp.
Saiix amygdaloides
Salix exigua

Canyon Live Oak

Salix fragilis
Salix geyerana
Salix lasiandra
Salix lasiolepis
Salix nigra
Salix scoulerana
Sapium discolor
Sloanea sinensis
Taxus spp.
Taxus brevifolia
Ulmus spp.
Ulmus americana
U/nuts ca,npestris
Ulmus laevis
Ulmus montana

Emory Oak

Southern Red Oak
Gambel Oak
Oregon White Oak

California Black Oak

California White Oak
Laurel Oak

Water Oak

Pin Oak
Willow Oak

Northern Red Oak

Live Oak

Black Locust
New Mexico Black
Black Locust
Peachleaf Willow
Sandbar or Coyote
Crack Willow
Geyer Willow
Pacific Willow
Arrow Willow
Black Willow
Scouler Willow

Pacific Yew

American Elm
English Elm
Fluttering Elm
Mountain Elm

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