Science of farming mushrooms. This is where mushroom farming meets laboratory in the process of mushroom farming. In the case of most mushrooms – a sterile media is preferred. Sterile of course is this word that most are unfamiliar and the complications of sterilization and techniques involved in keeping it sterile.
I grow Shiitakes and due to their slow growth rate the media I grow on has to be sterilized for best results and so the shiitake spawn has the best chance of surviving without competitor fungi like mold. Therefore a lab with laminar flow hood is required to keep bags sterile. Most farms growing mushrooms have a ‘lab’ of which can perform sterile work in various forms. Agar plates, liquid cultures, sterile media transfers and so forth have to undergo sterile ‘technique’ so that we do not contaminate our medias which can lead to big problems later.
In my lab I am capable of tissue cloning, spore capture, liquid culture, agar plates, media transfers, spawn bags, and production bags. It’s takes years to master sterile methods so that all movements and practices are second nature – to this day it is a continually learned and honed skill I will always work on.