Mushroom cultivation is a complex process that requires attention to detail and proper use of laboratory-grade techniques and tools. Depending on your goals, you might need to cultivate laboratory grade mushrooms that contain high amounts of certain active compounds. Such a process may be very difficult to direct properly, and it could require the use of advanced tools and methods.
Sterilization is a critical step in mushroom cultivation, as it ensures that the growing medium is free from contaminants that could harm the mushrooms. Autoclaves are commonly used to sterilize growing medium, jars, and other tools. A laminar flow hood is one of the best tools for achieving a sterile workspace. It provides a constant flow of HEPA-filtered air and prevents contamination from airborne particles and microorganisms.
Petri dishes are used to culture mushroom spores or tissue samples. They are sterilized before use and kept in a sterile environment to prevent contamination. To provide a solid surface for mushroom cultures to grow on, a gel-like substance known as agar may be used. It will typically be poured into the petri dishes or other containers.
The mycelium of the mushroom that is used to inoculate the growing medium will usually be kept in special mushroom spore syringes that allow them to be stored for extensive periods before using them to inoculate the substrate (the medium the mushrooms will grow on). Common substrates include sawdust, straw, and composted manure.
Finally, two more essential tools used by scientists include an incubator and a fruiting chamber. The incubator is used to maintain a constant temperature and humidity level during the mushroom growing process, while the fruiting chamber is designed to simulate the natural environment that mushrooms grow in.
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