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-------------------- [quote]RogerRabbit said: Actually, it's very easy to isolate a super producing sclerotia strain.
Follow the strain isolation technique on Let's Grow Mushrooms, and then select sectors early which are brown in color. By the second or third transfer, you'll see stones developing, and this is only about 1 month after the original swipe of spores on agar.
Now, take each stone and move it to a new dish. Soon, the mycelium will grow out and you'll see fresh stones developing, and if they're good strains, the sclerotia is forming long before the mycelium reaches the edge of the plate. Pick strains which form four or five stones within two weeks and use these for your grain masters.
How is that even possible? What kind of fungi is capable of this? I never heard anything like that, I was under the impression that morel mycelium was one of the fastest growing, inches per day... (I personally have had it colonize a 60mm petri dish on the 3rd day after a transfer). Even Stamets says it is the fastest he has ever seen in GGMM. It is defenetly the fastest I have ever encountered...
Perhaps what is meant is that a large colony of mycelium (like the one that covered 1200 acres or so) could grow a kilometer of mycelium in total, in a day rather than a single hyphae can grow a kilometer a day. Could a single hyphae even reach a kilometer in lenth?
I did find this part particularly interesting though:
Quote: In some species, nuclei pair but do not fuse for days, months or years.
The nuclei pair in the basidia, then they have a complete set of chromosomes in order to produce spores (this would be the only time the nuclei pair, if I am correct). I never thought it would take years for this to happen, but then again it can take a year or two before some woodlovers fruit. It just really put it in perspective for me...
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