The Colorado Agaricus Project

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Amateur Mycology, in conjunction with Sylvan Research, has been conducting a mycological survey of Agaricus in the Rocky Mountain Region. As many of you already know, the genus Agaricus contains one of the most important species to the mushroom industry, Agaricus bisporus, the button mushroom. This mushroom has been cultivated since the 18th century, and is the standard mushroom found in many markets all over the world. Much of this research is still in its infancy and many of the Agaricus species we have found this year are new to the area. Unfortunately, we cannot release the information we have discovered to the public, as of yet. Dr. Rick Kerrigan, director of research at Sylvan Research is working on publishing the information soon. He has been an indispensable resource and we owe him our thanks for all of his help and his dedication to this somehow ‘understudied’ genus.

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Birdie March 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I want to join a mycorestotation project, whether it means I need to start a new one in the gulf for the oil dilemma, or be a helper for an ongoing project. The only way to keep this earth alive is for us to commit ourselves to what we know works, I am more than willing, slightly knowledgable, eager to learn, and yearn to help save this planet.

Thanks for any help, and thanks for being you,


Graham March 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Awesome! Glad you found us! We will be in Texas hunting wild mushrooms until April 6th, but we will contact you as soon as we get back!


Bert Matthews April 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

Oh Yes. What a wonderful endeavor. Colorado Agaricus…Because…We-can-I-guess.
Will you be cloning any Tex-r-cus? Pink is good, yes? Best wishes for your Lone Star trip.


Graham April 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Thanks! We have had good luck out here considering how dry it is! We did find one cultivable Agaricus species in Texas State Cemetery, though. Lentinus lepideus, Ganoderma lucidium, Pleutus, many other polypores to name some more. Chat with ya when we get back!


Graham April 10, 2011 at 2:20 am

I cultured the Agaricus from Texas State Cemetery yesterday. We will see if it makes it!


James April 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Is this Agaricus campestris??


Graham April 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

It actually isn’t. I would need to look at the notes to see what it is. I’ll post the name soon.


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