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ok, ive searched the teks, and even through the posts, and i havent had any luck finding an answer to this question. how are should you prep the rye grass seeds before pc-ing? do you soak/ boil like you would rye berries? any help will be greatly appreciated. or if i missed it you could just point me in the right direction thanks for anyone who can help
Some species can form so called "sclerotia" in the casing soil and inside of the substrate. Psilocybe mexicana and Psilocybe tampanensis are the two most important species. Sclerotia are hardened mycelial strucutures that are formed by the mycelium as a survival mechanism to protect it from floods, forest fires etc. Sclerotia contain 30% dry matter where mushroom only contain 9-10%. Interestingly the sclerotia of the two mentioned species also contain psilocybin and/or psilocin.
Most strains and substrains of these species form sclerotia in the casing soil of cased trays. As a substrate millet and grass seed can be used.
In vitro sclerotia (where the substrate remains in the bags or jars it's growing in) are formed by the "A" strain of mexicana and by some substrains of the Psilocbe tampanensis. Sterilised grass seed seems most suitable substrate. It can be prepared by combining the dry grass seed with water in jars or bags followed by steam sterilisation.
Recipe (800 ml jars)
110 grams grass seed 180 ml water
These jars should be sterilised for 1 hour. Recipe (5 liter spawn bags)
4 liters grass seed 2 liters water
These bags should be sterilised for 2 1/2 hours. The substrate is inoculated and shaken after a few days. After some time sclerotia will start to form. Tampanensis forms then only against the glass or inner bag surface, mexicana forms them troughout the substrate. After 3 months (mexicana) or 6 months (tampanensis) growth has halted and the sclerotia can be harvested.
cool una thanks for the info...i should have thought about your website during my ponderings of the answer. ive been to your site a few times, and im pretty sure you have the most informative pages on your site dedeicated to the mexicana strain in particular. i appreciate the help:)
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