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Sterilized Dry Rotted Hardwood as a Substrate
    #4038908 - 04/10/05 11:50 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I've been hiking a lot recently and often run across dry rotted hardwood logs. The wood is soft and pulplike and breaks apart with minimal effort. I've been thinking of gathering this in jars and sterilizing it in a pressure cooker just like you wood anything else and then trying to use it as a substrate for a woodloving species (particurally some sort of shelf fungi). Has anyone tried this? One concern I have is that because the wood is dry rotted some of the nutritional value may not be there. However, I'd think that soft texture and partial digest might make it more appealing for fungus edibility. What do you guys suggest?

BTW -- I can't identify the different species of log very well at all considering thier age. I know a few I've run across were sycamore, and a few seemed to be oak.

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Re: Sterilized Dry Rotted Hardwood as a Substrate [Re: HerbanShaman]
    #4038969 - 04/11/05 12:06 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

If it's old and rotten, it's already been used up by other fungi. You want fresher, chipped hardwoods.

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Re: Sterilized Dry Rotted Hardwood as a Substrate [Re: HerbanShaman]
    #4038983 - 04/11/05 12:11 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Sounds interesting. It just seems that there are too many variables with random peices of dry rotted wood. Some mushrooms require a certain kind of wood to grow on for example. I would clone the mushroom that I wanted and figure which type of wood that is needed. Not saying don't try it, just my two cents.

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