Morchella steppicola AM-G218


Agrocybe aegerita AM-G11

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Strain: Morchella steppicola AM-G218

 

Common Names: Morel, Amigasatake (羊肚菌), Morille, Spugnolo, Сморчо́к

 

Morchella steppicola is native to parts of Europe, including Ukrain, Slovakia, and Hungary. It has been found to be closely related to M. esculenta, however is clearly a distinct species based on DNA analysis. Macroscopically, the stem is chunkier with many holes compared to M. esculenta, and is spotted with granules, which become more distinct with age.

Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms in the Phylum ascomycota, because spores are produced on asci instead of basidia. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. The ascocarps are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt.

In the spring and fall, outdoor beds have been established for morels. This species does form sclerotium, which is widely considered the preliminary step for the cultivation of morels. Sclerotium can be obtained by growing spawn on rye for an extended period up to28 days. There needs to be a nutrient free layer in the jar for sclerotium to form. After the formation of sclerotium, spawn can be used to inoculate a 50:50 hardwood sawdust and woodchip mixture outdoors and covered with a small amount of sand mixed with a few handfuls of gypsum. Mushrooms should form the following spring. Several techniques have been developed recently for the cultivation of this species, however success has been limited, and successful cultivation of this species is in its infancy. Good Luck!

 

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Cellulose Decomposers: Hardwood Sawdust

Most popular species under cultivation are naturally wood inhabiting fungi. So, growing on sawdust is a logical choice. Sawdust is mixed with wheat bran (or another nitrogen source) at 5-15% and Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) (a buffering agent) at 2-3%, and filled into autoclavable bags. The bags are sterilized for a minimum of 1 hour at 121°C (15 psi when at sea level). Note sterilization exposure times vary depending on pressure and elevation. Finally, the substrate is cooled to at least 25°C (approx. 80°F) then, inoculated with grain or liquid spawn and incubated at appropriate temp for the species until colonization is complete.

Recommended species on hardwood sawdust:

Agrocybe aergerita, Antrodia camphorata, Armillaria mellea, Auricularia auricular-judae, Fistulina hepatica, Flammulina velutipes, Fomes fomentarius, Ganoderma applanatum, G. australe, G. lucidum, G. curtisii, Grifola frondosa, Hericium americanum, H. clathroides, H. coralloides, H. erinaceus, Hypholoma capnoides, H. sublateritium, Hypsizygous marmoreus, H. tessulatus, H. ulmarius, Inonotus obliquus, Laetiporus sulphureus, Lentinula edodes, Macrolepiota procera, Omphalotus sp., Panellus stipticus, Phellinus linteus, Pholiota nameko, Piptoporus betulinus, Pleurotus sp., Polyporus squamosus, Polyporus umbellatus, Schizophylum commune, Sparassis crispa, Stropharia rugoso-annulata, Trametes sp., Tremella mesenterica, and Xylaria hypoxylon.

 

Recommended Media Type: PDY MYA MEP

 

History: Isolated By Aloha Medicinals field team.

 

DNA Sequence: DNA Sequencing for ITS region available at an extra charge of $200. Allow two weeks for the DNA sequencing service.

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