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Brining old mycelium back to life with Karo Tek
    #3252650 - 10/19/04 07:34 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Very recently, a slice of mycelium on the surface of a straw/cow poo casing was removed, and placed into a prepared Karo Tek jar. Now - the mycelium is at least 2 months old. It was made with WBS mixed in with pasturized straw/cow poo in a little tupperware container. Nothing fruited on it, no casing put on - it just sat there, fully colonized, covered with tin foil in an incubator for a couple months.

I'm interested to read some opinions as to what might happen here - will the Karo/water mixture rehydrate the mycelium and bring it back to life? - - or is the mycelium dead?

For those not familiar with the Karo Tek it is basically 1 teaspoon Karo brand Light Corn Syrup mixted with 100 cc of water and PC'ed at 15 psi for 20 min.


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Re: Brining old mycelium back to life with Karo Tek [Re: Satori1]
    #3252909 - 10/19/04 08:37 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I'd imagine even that casing is alive and if dunked, cased and fruited, it would produce. I'd bet that culture will also produce. Your only possible problem could be contams. If they were on the outside of the straw when you threw it in. Peroxide additive would have been good, or a quick dip in straight 3% for a few seconds before throwing the piece in.


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Re: Brining old mycelium back to life with Karo Tek [Re: scatmanrav]
    #3254276 - 10/20/04 01:38 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

should the peroxide be added before the pc'ing?


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Re: Brining old mycelium back to life with Karo Tek [Re: Satori1]
    #3254366 - 10/20/04 01:56 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I could be wrong, but I dont think peroxide survives in a PC


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Re: Brining old mycelium back to life with Karo Tek [Re: notsloth]
    #3254877 - 10/20/04 04:54 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

You are correct. Peroxide breaks down at around 130-135 IIRC. Won't even stand to a boil. It should be added right as you add the peice of straw. Its probably to late by now if there was contams, you'd have to get the peroxide in there before the spores germinated (the contam spores that is). In similar situations I take the cap and fill it with h202 (the cap of the bottle) and then throw the peice of myc in it, it'll start bubbling if its alive. Then flip the whole cap of h202 and myc into the karo water. Seems to work fine so far, only did it twice though making clones.


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"life is like a drop of rain getting closer and closer to falling into a lake, and then when you hit the lake there is no more rain drop, only the lake."

Growing with bags, start to finish (including my new grain and substrate prep)
Anyone looking to start bulk tubs/mono tubs/shotgun hybrids? Good tubs to use..
How I do grain (old still good tips)
Turn your closet into a fruiting chamber
Casing layer colonization and overlay


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