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Sterilizing lights. Bad for shrooms?
    #1763493 - 07/30/03 06:39 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

    Recently I've been thinking of adding one of those blue sterilizing lights to try and reduce contaminant levels in my chamber but I'm think it might harm the forest below :mushroom2:. I'm guessing that the lights emit high levels of beta and probably alpha UV waves ( :alert: DNA absorbs them and breaks apart) and being as such, it's not a very discriminating sterilizer. I'm think it might be bad for the mushrooms, especially if I leave them on 24/7 like I want to. Any thoughts or links?   

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Re: Sterilizing lights. Bad for shrooms? [Re: Flux]
    #1763515 - 07/30/03 06:52 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I believe a UV lamp would do more harm than good during the pinning/fuiting phase.
But I can't say for sure....

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Re: Sterilizing lights. Bad for shrooms? [Re: Flux]
    #1765625 - 07/31/03 12:01 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Don't use UV, especially not a sterilizing light.

You'll get pins and fruit under UV but your mushrooms will undergo genetic damage that will show up several generations down the line. If you're not printing and you just grow from purchased syringes, UV light will work, I suppose, since you will not be propagating the genetic line, but unless you have a good reason to use UV (like stealth) use ordinary light.

Nice, diffuse, natural light from a window for a few minutes to a few hours a day is plenty; and it's histogram is already optimized for growing everything on Earth. You can't beat nature.


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