The Newest Member of the AMCL!

by Graham on November 17, 2010

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While driving through Littleton, Colorado James and I came across a park that had many different species of mushrooms growing in it. What first got our attention was large fruiting of Agaricus in the area, and as we were working on the Colorado Agaricus Project, this park was an interesting find. Unfortunately for us, most of the Agaricus found in the area were the yellow staining, foul smelling and poisonous Agaricus xanthodermus (the bane of most Agaricus hunter’s existence) and the giant mushroom of culinary disappointment, Agaricus bernardii. However, in one corner of the park, a cottonwood stump had been chopped to just above ground level. This stump had Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus pulmonarius) growing out one side, and Velvet Foot Mushrooms (Flammulina velutipes) out the other! Luckily for the Amateur Mycologists, we are able to culture these fungi in sterile lab conditions, as well as establishing them on cardboard for a more ‘natural’ form of storing the mycelium, making them the newest members of the Amateur Mycology Culture Library. Remember… the Amateur Mycology Culture Library page has an updated list of species in cold storage, and make sure you check back soon to see a full explanation of cardboard/stembutt culture from the exact oyster mushroom cluster pictured above!

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