This past Friday, we were lucky enough to have former AMI Fellow Charlie Aller come to the mountain to share his extensive knowledge of fungi and mushrooms with us. He began the morning with a talk on mushrooms, and our group had a lot of interest and curiosity about the topic — we hardly let him get out a sentence without asking several new questions.
But before we could get ahead of ourselves, we had to gain a basic understanding of fungal biology. Mycology more broadly refers to the study of fungi, which includes mushrooms, yeasts, and molds. (For the record, I’ve always pronounced it “fun-guy,” because I’m a sucker for bad puns, but most mycologists prefer to say it “fun-jai.”) We learned that fungi can be subdivided into three categories:
us to use:
action in the afternoon! We started by drilling holes in the oak logs that had
been cut for the workshop:
spawn, and to prevent any unwanted fungi from growing.
the shiitake would fruit in its natural habitat. Other mushrooms, like the
oysters, just need a good watering with a sprinkler or hose to fruit. After
soaking for about 24 hours, the shiitake logs will sit for one to two weeks
before the mushrooms are ready to be harvested.
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