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What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?
For more than twenty years, mycology expert Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter not only offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices; he shares the results of his groundbreaking research and offers myriad ways to apply your cultivation skills and further incorporate mushrooms into your lifewhether your goal is to help your community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale.
The book first guides readers through an in-depth exploration of indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills range from integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden and building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn to producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4×4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns. For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter offers in-depth coverage of lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.
Cotter also reports his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.
Geared toward readers who want to grow mushrooms without the use of pesticides, Cotter takes “organic” one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinkingone that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.
|Publisher:||Chelsea Green Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.
Table of Contents
Part I The Fundamentals of Mushroom Cultivation
1 The Ecology and Life Cycle of Cultivated Mushrooms 1
2 The Seven Basic Stages of Mushroom Cultivation 13
3 Choosing a Mushroom to Cultivate 31
4 Choosing, Handling, and Storing Spawn 37
5 Cultivating Mushrooms Outdoors on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips 45
6 Cultivating Mushrooms on Compost and Livestock Waste 59
7 Cultivating Mushrooms on Pasteurized or Sterilized Media 65
8 Cropping Containers 73
9 Natural Pest Control and Disease Management 83
Part II Mushrooms for Life: Innovative Applications and Projects Using Fungi
10 Recycling, Composting, and Vermicomposting with Mushrooms 95
11 Urban Mushroom Cultivation 105
12 Shroomin' Off the Grid 111
13 Mushroom Products and Cutting-Edge Applications 123
14 Mushroom-Infused Beer, Wine, and Spirits 137
15 Mushroom Marketing 145
16 Fungi in the Classroom 151
Part III Advanced Techniques and Research
17 Basic Laboratory Construction, Equipment, and Procedures 165
18 Starting Cultures and Spawn Generation 177
19 Storing Your Cultures 195
20 Advanced Cultivation and Research Strategies 199
21 Morel Cultivation: Research Update 211
22 Introduction to Mycoremediation 229
Part IV Meet the Cultivated Mushrooms
The Genus Agaricus (white button, portabella, and relatives) 251
The Genus Agrocybe (black poplar) 257
The Genus Auricularia (wood ear) 261
The Genus Clitocybe (blewit) 265
The Genus Coprinus (shaggy mane) 269
The Genus Fistulina (beefsteak) 273
The Genus Flammulina (enoki, velvet foot) 277
The Genera Fomes, Fomitopsis, and Laricifomes (amadou and related conks) 281
The Genus Ganoderma (reishi and other varnished polypores) 285
The Genus Grifola (maitake, hen of the woods) 289
The Genus Hericium (lion's mane, pom-poms) 293
The Genus Hypholoma (brick top) 297
The Genus Hypsizygus (elm oyster, shimeji) 301
The Genus Laetiporus (chicken of the woods) 305
The Genus Lentinula (shiitake) 309
The Genera Macrocybe and Calocybe (giant macrocybe, giant milky) 315
The Genera Macrolepiota and Lepiota (parasol) 319
The Genus Pholiota (nameko) 323
The Genus Piptoporus (birch polypore) 327
The Genus Pleurotus (oyster mushrooms) 329
The Genus Sparassis (cauliflower) 339
The Genus Stropharia (king stropharia, garden giant, wine cap) 343
The Genus Trametes (turkey tail) 349
The Genus Volvasiella (paddy straw) 353
Resources and Suppliers 367
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good info., methods as of yet untried.