Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

Author:Paul Stamets [Stamets, Paul]
Language: eng
Format: epub, azw3, mobi
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Published: 2011-03-09T05:00:00+00:00

FIGURE 191 “Spaulded” (or “tiger”) maple shaker box, made of wood from a log inoculated with reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). When using the beefsteak fungus (Fistulina hepatica), the wood is stained red, which increases the wood’s value, especially oak, substantially. Many other species can be used for colorizing wood. The logs are usually milled 2 to 4 years after inoculation.

When one strategy fails to result in mycelium, using a combination strategy might overcome resistance. Having 4 options for inoculation is an advantage when dealing with the unknown. The combination method is not much more labor-intensive but is clearly beneficial because of the synergistic effect of complementary inoculations. For instance, when cutting logs for shiitake inoculations, having spores of the shiitake strain in the bar oil of the chain saw ensures that the faces of the cut logs will have spores of this mushroom resident, helping prevent competition from other fungi. These logs are then inoculated with plug or sawdust spawn of the same strain. This combination of methods using matching species accelerates colonization and overcomes resistance barriers.


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