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negative light interaction?
    #1274124 - 02/03/03 12:31 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

i'm currently colonizing a bulk tray of straw, in a rubbermaid container about 24"x17"x8". it is jammed into the top of another such container with the same x and y dimensions, but about 17" deep. the interior of the large container is covered with aluminum foil and lit with a 40watt bulb for heating the substrate above. this keeps the temperature in the smaller container quite managable, but with a little light coming through the bottom(just passing throught the rubber). it has been like this for 2 days, proceeding along rapidly, with apparently no ill effects. is this light pollution likely to somehow fuck with the mycelium, or cause premature pinhead formation? any other complications that i haven't thought of? thanks for your time and expertise.

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Re: negative light interaction? [Re: darshan]
    #1274163 - 02/03/03 12:41 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

As long as the casing is properly covered so no light enters, it should be fine to use a light for heating. If any mycelium is exposed to light, it will begin premature pinning inside the casing container, which isn't good. Try and seal the exposed parts, and you should have no trouble.

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Re: negative light interaction? [Re: darshan]
    #1274168 - 02/03/03 12:42 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

keep it in the dark while colonising, or you'll confuse the myc.


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