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Once you have handled contamination, consider yourself contaminated. If removing Trichoderma (green mold) contaminated blocks of Shiitake, that person is then unworthy of any activity where susceptible substrates would be encountered. For many growers, this mandates that contaminated cultures be disposed at the end of the day. If contamination must be dealt with early in the work day, a person non-essential to the production stream should be the designated disposer of contaminated cultures


he following resource directory is not an endorsement of any organization, company, individual or author. The sole intent is to give the reader the broadest range of resources so that mushrooms can be grown successfully. Omissions of any group is probably not intentional. If the reader knows of any resource that should be listed, feel free to write to this author so that future editions of Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms might include them.

Cultivators must constantly return to nature for new strains. If mushrooms are not properly identified, the cultures will be inaccurately labelled. Once tiiese cultures are passed on to other individuals, the mis-identification may not be discovered for years, if ever. An excellent example of this is what happened with cultures of "Pleurotus sajor-caju", most of which are in fact P pulmonarius. (See the discussion of the taxonomy of P. pulmonarius on page 321.) Cultivators


are encouraged to photograph the wild mushroom in fresh condition, retain a dried specimen, and make notes about its location and habitat. Without this data, accurately identifying the mushroom (and therefore the culture) will be difficult.

The following field guides are designed primarily to help amateurs in the field. Professional mycologists (although some hesitate to admit it) refer to these manuals also, particularly when they need a quick overview of the species complexes. Scientific monographs are ultimately used for confirming the identity of a mushroom to species. Amateurs should be fully aware that even professional mycologists make mistakes.

All that the Rain Promises & More by David Arora, 1991, 264 pages. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley.

The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff, 1991, 926. A. A. Knopf, New York.

A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms by Nancy Smith Weber ┬┐┬┐Alexander H. Smith, 280 pages. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

A Field Guide to Western Mushrooms by

Alexander Smith. 280 pages. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Fungi of Japanby R. Imazeki et al., 1988,624 pages. Yama-Kei Publishers, Tokyo. *

Mushrooms of the Adirondacks, A Field Guide by Alan E.Bessette, 1988.145 pages. North Country Books, Utica. N. Y.

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora, 1986,959 pages.Ten Speed Press, Berkeley.

The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide by Alexander Smith & Nancy Smith Weber, 1980. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

The New Savory Wild Mushroom by Marga ret McKenny, Daniel E. Stuntz, ed. by JosephAmmirati, 1987,249 pages. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

* This field guide, although in Japanese, is probably one of the best, if not the best field guide published to date. The photography is exceptional. I highly recommend and admire this volume

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