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Azurescens spawn expansion query
    #625841 - 05/03/02 05:36 PM (15 years, 9 months ago)

I have two big 10# fp bags filled with bright white azure spawn on alder chips, and I want to expand it several times before I make beds. (I making gift bags for friends, since we don't find this species in our parts ever. Not yet at least.)

So here's what I had in mind: soak a pile of alder chips/beech shavings/hardwood sawdust and place them in a plastic tub along with my spawn and let them colonize.

Question is: do I need to sterilize the new substrate? Just pasteurize it? Or nothing at all, since as an all wood matrix its unlikely to find competitor fungi?

(As a side note to thst theory, I used oatmeal, 1c/bag, to supplement my bags, a la MushMush, and found it quickly contaminated with some Penicillium hitchhiker, but that didn't seem to stop the azurescens from eventually colonizing the entire bag.)

Anyone with any thoughts on this one?

Lobster,
AE


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Re: Azurescens spawn expansion query [Re: altarego]
    #625911 - 05/03/02 07:10 PM (15 years, 9 months ago)

Apologies if it's not kosher to link to another site, but. . .

http://www.theforestfloor.org/forum/ikonboard.cgi?s=3cd30deb6633ffff;act=ST;f=8;t=1126;st=0

I have two other containers exactly like this one that just got
planted outside. . .now I'm trying the same thing with Stropharia r. a. and it seems to be taking to it just fine [not as fast, though].  I can't see why azurescens wouldn't be as successful.

Besides the grain spawn, no PC required :smile:

I think these fred meyer shavings might be treated such that they are already somewhat pastuerized, but regardless, it works. 


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