Cultivation of Edible Mushrooms

STOCKSCH 290M

Spring 2020

Instructor: Dr. Mike Davis                    Email: rmdavis@ucdavis.edu

Mike Davis earned his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology from University of California, Riverside and became a member of the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, in 1986 as a Cooperative Extension Specialist, a position he held with a joint Professor title. He retired from UC Davis in 2015. Mike’s career focused on the study of diseases of citrus, vegetables, and field crops and practical applications of disease management measures. He always had an interest in mushrooms and taught courses in mushroom identification, cultivation, and phylogeny. In addition, he published a number of papers on mushrooms, including the classification of new species. He is lead author of Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America published in 2012.

Course Goals: The course introduces methods of growing edible mushrooms, including culture maintenance, basic mushroom substrate preparation, composting, spawn generation techniques, inoculation methods, harvesting, and pests and pest management. The history of mushroom production and recent trends in the diversification of edible mushrooms will be discussed.  The biology of individual edible mushrooms will be covered.

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Edible Mushrooms Full Syllabus

Outline of Topics:

  1. History of mushroom production
  2. Biology of edible mushrooms
  3. Sterile technique and culture maintenance
  4. Substrate preparation
  5. Composting
  6. Spawn generation techniques
  7. Inoculation methods
  8. Incubation and harvesting
  9. Pests and pest management
  10. Agaricusbisporus cultivation
  11. Wood decomposers: Shiitake, oysters, mitake, and reishi cultivation
  12. Collecting wild mushrooms

Related imageClass Lecture Schedule:

  1. Introduction; History of Mushroom Production
  2. Sterile Technique and Culture Maintenance
  3. Fruiting Substrates
  4. Substrate Preparation – Straw and Sawdust Blocks
  5. Mushroom discussion: Enoki , Oyster, and Shimeji
  6. Mushroom Biology and Fungal Genetics
  7. Spawn Generation Techniques; Inoculation Methods
  8. Mushroom discussion: Shiitake and Reishi
  9. Agaricus Production: Phase I Composting
  10. Incubation; Harvest; Ventilation
  11. Mushroom discussion: Black Poplar and Button
  12. Agaricus Production: Phase II
  13. Cloning Mushrooms; Culture Collections
  14. Mushroom discussion: Lion’s Mane and Maitake
  15. Agaricus Production: Casing; Pinning; Harvest
  16. Fruiting Containers; Evaluating Mushroom Strains
  17. Other Cultivated Mushrooms (Straw, Wood Ear, Nameko, others)
  18. Pest, Disease, and Weed Control
  19. Troubleshooting: Small-Scale Commercialization of Edible Mushrooms
  20. Mushroom Nutritional and Medicinal Value
  21. Other EdibleFungi; Biological Efficiency
  22. Collecting Wild Mushrooms

Image result for mushroom cultivation imageGrading: Grades will be determined by the results of two quizzes (10% each), two written assignments (20% each), and a comprehensive final examination (40% of total).

Readings:

Required: Lynch, T. (2018).  Mushroom Cultivation

Recommended: Stamets, P.  (1993).  Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

 

 

 

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