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I found a bunch of nicely chopped up aspen at Wally World; they sell it for bedding material for pets. It says on ther package that theres no irritating wood oils in it.
I think it might work for some of the wood loving varieties. Right now I have some shiitake cultures I grew from a sporeprint. I'm going to try innoculating a PF cake made with the aspen and vermiculite, and injecting it with a slurry of the shiitake mycelium.
Can anyone tell me, do you think this will work?
And, anyone who knows the quirks of shiitake culture, what should I be looking for when selecting mycelia for the slurry, favourable growth factors, rhizomorphism, etc.?
Apen should work, as it is a fast decomposing hardwood (I have a friend that is currently experimenting with the same wood, with shiitake also). I have no idea if your modified PF cake would work, but definetly look into supplementing with something like rice or wheat bran. This will greatly enhance your yields, epecially with the small size of the cakes (unless your making big cakes). I would wash the wood well, and don't forget to pressure cook far longer than you would other substrates (2hrs +).
Select for fast, healthy, and as close to rhizomorphic mycelium as shiitake gets... Good luck, and post results!