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AMCL – The Amateur Mycology Culture Library

James and I have been amassing mushroom species in pure culture and putting them under cold storage. You might be thinking, “what the heck is he talking about?”. To explain a little more clearly, we are ‘cloning’ wild mushrooms. This process is done by extracting flesh or spores from mushrooms that we have collected in the wild and growing them in petri dish or test tube on different types of ‘media’. This media gives them nutrients specific to the species of fungi we are trying to grow. Now, when we talk about growing mushrooms, you first must isolate the part of the fungus that produces the mushrooms. Mycelium is a network of hyphae, or chains of cells, that are able to uptake water and various nutrients, as well as excrete digestive enzymes to digest it’s food. This in turn produces the mushroom. The mushroom is actually the fruiting body or sexual reproductive organ of the mycelium that produces spores which are like seeds. Spores unite to grow more mycelial networks. Under cold storage (i.e. 38 degrees F) the mushroom mycelium’s growth slows to a crawl. This allows the cultivator to store the mycelium until it is ready to use.

Library Inventory- June 7th, 2011 

Genus species Common Name
Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom
Agaricus bernardii Salt Loving Agaricus
Agaricus bisporus White Button Mushroom
Agaricus bitorquis Torq, Spring Agaric
Agaricus campestris Field Mushroom
Agaricus subpernatus Great Lakes Agaric
Agrocybe aegerita Black Poplar Mushroom
Calvatia booniana Giant Western Puffball
Chlorophyllum rhacodes Shaggy Parasol
Clitocybe nuda Wood Blewit, Bluefoot Mushroom
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Mane, Lawyer’s Wig
Flammulina velutipes Velvet Foot, Winter Mushroom
Ganoderma lucidum Reshi, Lingzhi
Grifola frondosa Maitake, Hen of the Woods
Hypholoma subateritium Brick Cap, Cinnamon Cap
Hypsizygus tessulatus Beech Mushroom, Shimeji
Hypsizygus ulmnaris White Elm Oyster
Hericium erinaceus Lion’s Mane
Hericium ramosum White Coral Mushroom
Lentinula edodes Shiitake
Leucoagaricus naucina Mama on Motorcycle
Lycoperdon perlatum Gem Studded Puffball
Lyophyllum decastes Fried Chicken Mushroom
Marasmius oreades Fairy Ring Mushroom, Scotch Bonnet
Morchella agusticeps Black Morel
Morchella esculenta var. crassipes Blonde Morel, Bigfoot Morel
Pleurotus columbinus Blue Oyster
Pleurotus djamor Pink Oyster
Pleurotus eryngii King Oyster
Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus pulmonarius Conifer Oyster
Polyporus squamosus Dryad’s Saddle
Stropharia rugosoannulata King Stropharia
Tramates versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom



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Bert Matthews April 1, 2011 at 12:40 am

Hey Guys,
Hoping your trip is a blast. Can’t wait to catch up with you upon your return. Let me know when you’re back, we’ll put some time toward getting together. Last year was such a huge year for hunting. It will be interesting to see how this year “pans” out. Myco-naughts, you expand our possibilities through your early, your often, and your inspired actions.


Graham April 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Wow! Thank you very much. Nicest comment yet. :0)


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