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Mushroom Bookddd

Mushroom Bookddd



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mycological research paper
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Published by: drex48239 on Jul 30, 2009
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The PF-Tek was developed and first made public in 1992 bywww.fanaticus.com(mirror).This tek made the cultivation of mushrooms at home feasible for complete beginnersutilizing commonly available materials.The growing method I describe here is based on the PF-tek but includes a few modifica-tions that are time tested, and are in my opinion superior to the original PF-tek.I strongly recommend you to read the original PF-Tek, if you haven't done so already, tosee a different approach to some steps.The PF-Tek for Simple Minds is as simple and as foolproof as it gets, but is not com-pletely foolproof of course. Following it will give you good chances of succeeding and agood idea on the general process and time line and prepare you for higher yielding teks,like using whole grains and dung.The PF-Tek for Simple Minds uses
pint (~240ml) canning jars or drinking glasses anda growing substrate made of vermiculite, brown rice flour and water. The substrate ismixed, filled in jars, sterilized and inoculated with mushroom spores. After the substrateis fully colonized the substrate cakes fruit in a humid container.On the subject of cleanlinessBy growing mushrooms indoors on a nutritious substrate you create conditions than notonly favor the growth of the mushrooms, but also the growth of a large number of otherorganisms(molds, bacteria), many of them potentially hazardous to the health. To en-sure that only the desired mushroom is grown, it is very important to assure cleanlinessin all of the cultivation related procedures.Before you work, wash your hands with (antibacterial) soap and warm water. After-wards, wipe them dry and rub with Lysol or isopropyl alcohol(iso-propanol). Keep theplace where you do the inoculation and fruiting dust free and clean and don't bring indirty clothing or shoes. Personal hygiene is equally important. Dirty hands and evendirty hair are a hotbed for all kinds of unwanted microorganisms which can destroy yourcultivation project.Materials
Most materials are easily avaliable at the local shops.Vermiculite
is made from a naturally occurring mineral - mica.Crushed mica containing water is heated and expands to a volume several times greaterthan that of the untreated mica.Vermiculite is able to hold several times its own weight in water and it gives the sub-strate an airy structure.Vermiculite is available in several grades, the middle and the middle-fine grade are mostsuitable for cultivation purposes.
Brown rice flour (BRF)BRF
is available in health food shops either already ground, sometimes though there isonly whole brown rice available. In this case you can grind the rice either in the shop orif this option is not available, grind your own using an electric coffee grinder.
used for the substrate preparation should have drinking water quality. Tap wateris usually OK, but if you're not sure about it, better use bottled drinking water or mineralwater.
Spore syringe
A plastic syringe with needle attached containing 10cc-12cc suspension of mushroomspores in water.The color of the suspension varies from completely translucent to slightly violet depend-ing on the quantity of the spores in the solution.Spores are microscopic so as long as you see at least a few specs in more or less clearwater the syringe should have plenty of spores.
The jars should have a content of around
pint (~240ml)
You can use either canning jars (Ball, Kerr...) or drinking glasses, the only requirement isthat they are tapered and without shoulders, so you can slide the cake out of it in onepiece once it's colonized. Bigger jars take much longer to colonize and are not recom-mended.Substrate preparationFor one
pint jar(~240 ml) you will need:=> 140 ml vermiculite=> 40 ml brown rice flour=> some vermiculite to fill the jar to the top (app. 20 ml)=> waterFor 6 jars, this amounts to:=> 3.5 US cups vermiculite=> 1 US cup brown rice flourNote:
pt (US pint) = 1cp (US cup) = 236ml(milliliter) = 236cc(cubic centimeter) = 1/4 qt(USquart)Pour water slowly over the vermiculite while stirring with a spoon.Be careful to only put that much water in as it can be absorbed by the vermiculite. Stir itwell so all the vermiculite is uniformly soaked with water.When you tilt the bowl you should see just a little water starting coming from the vermi-culite.This is when the correct water content is achieved.If there is too much water in the bowl, pour the wet vermiculite in a strainer and let theexcess water drain for a minute. Then the vermiculite will be at the field capacity, whichis perfect.Now put the required amount of the BRF (for instance 6 x 40 ml = 240 ml = 1 US cup)into the wet vermiculite at once and mix it in with the spoon. The goal is to uniformlycoat the wet vermiculite particles with a layer of BRF.

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