Don't laugh - haven't you seen Six Ways Mushrooms WIll Save the World?
Mycology experiments for fun, heath, and world-saving!
State of SudoShroom
- Some brief discussion was had at our First Annual State of the Room
- Matt has set up a bin for collecting coffee grinds in the common area kitchen.
- Many seem interested. Momentum!
- Evan suggests the name, Sudo Shroom!
- This wiki page was born.
As of 29th of January, 2013:
- Hol has brought a pump and mister.
- Morten will bring in the aquarium from Adeline that will be the host of our first growing station.
- Marina joins the group.
- The time for innoculating is near!
- Mushroom Growers' Handbook 1: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
- Mushroom Growers' Handbook 2: Shiitake Cultivation
- Oyster Mushroom Cultivation guide
- Mushroom books on bookfi.org
- Tastebridge learnings etc.
The Growing Process
There are numerous ways to successfully grow oyster and shiitake mushrooms, all of which share the same basic steps and principles. More details on each point is below.
- Creating a growing environment; humidity is key, temperature seems important as well. It also needs to reduce the risk of contamination from alien bacteria.
- Getting spores (several methods: )
- Preparing the growing medium (several methods: ). Needs to be sterilized!
- Inoculation of spores into the growing medium.
- Maintaining conditions for growth in the growing environment (several methods: )
- Optional: Stopping the process and turning the mycelim populated medium into a kit that is "hibernated"
- Empty milk-gallon container
- Rack with plastic
- Alufoil method
Morten contacted Rikke from Tastebridge about coffeegrounds preparation. Here's what she said:
From the few images I posted to Google+ at the time, it looks as though the pressured cooked, non-supplemented batch did best, i.e. colonized the medium fastest (which is good, because faster colonization means lower risk of contamination by bacterial and other fungal competitors).
Maintaining the conditions for growth
Mushroom Grow Kits
- Oyster mushroom grow kit locally produced in Oakland and sold at Whole Foods: Back to the Roots
- Lion's Mane is a particularly awesome mushroom known to stimulate nerve growth factor and increase cognitive ability: Kit available to order online. And Reishi mushrooms can grow on the same substrate.
Ideas for Future Experiments
- Plastic-eating fungi! We'll keep 'em a safe distance from the 3D printer...
- Plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon may solve landfill problems
- Scholarly articles available upon request; contact Tunabananas
- Learn how to make growing kits ala back to the roots.
- Ecosystems for water-treatment.
List of people who want to set up an oyster mushroom growing operation at sudoroom
ElectricJack has some mushroom grow stuff that he wants to donate to sudoroom. We don't know what it is yet though.
sudoroom has been saving coffee grounds in the freezer as a growth medium. See recycling and re-use for more info.