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Well, strains that are selected specifically for portabella production are already quite genetically far from the common-or-garden strain. It's kind of like what happens in show dog breeding: they set strict guidlines for genetics, and as the dogs reach that "perfection", reproduction becomes fraught with problems of a genetic origin.
Plus, as mentioned, lots of lab developed strains are also selected for their ability NOT to revert back to vegatative state.
-------------------- It may look like a button mushroom right now, but wait until you see how it grows!
I'm growin some portabella in some jars, and I'm growin from agar dishes, and it takes QUITE a while longer to colanize, esp waiting for the 1st signs of it. It's painful waiting for some kinda sign, and I was pretty much about to give up, but than again, I'm a lil impatient since this is my 1st Portabella try.
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