Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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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 lifea€”whether 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 a€œtrenched rafta€ of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn to producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4A—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, a€œtraininga€ 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 a€œorganica€ one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinkinga€”one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.Youa#39;ll now need to dilute the extract down to about 20 to 23 percent alcohol by volume, to keep the alcohol from degrading the active ... If you cana#39;t find Everclear or just would like to use something different, you can also use almost any type of drinkable alcohol. ... yourself means you know the quality of your producta€”an important consideration since there are many inferior products with low (or absent!)anbsp;...

Title:Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation
Author:Tradd Cotter
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2015-05-09


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