User:Andrew Barney/Notebook/Jello Experiments/2010/12/30

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December, 30, 2010

  • This is Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. At least I think it is. Several years ago i saved a yellow houseplant mushroom in a small specimin vial. Recently this fall (2010) i have had a growing interest in fungi. On a whim i was attempting to grow mold on a jello medium. It worked, but i mostly just had lots of Penicillium mold. I remembered about the yellow mushroom, and tried to crush it into a pot of dirt in hopes yellow mushrooms might grow again, so i could study them. Quite by accident i think i contaminated one of my jello jars with some spores. I hadn't thought about growing the mushrooms on the jello. But, it's much more interesting than the blue mold that had been growing before. Unfortunatley it grows much slower too. Not sure what i'm going to do with it, or what experiments i can do with it, but i will try to keep it going as long as possible. Next i hope that i can culture other mushroom spores this way, and in particular wild edible mushrooms. I know they wont fruit and turn into large mushrooms this way, but perhaps the mycelium can grow large and make it easy to inoculate sterile corn or rice cakes.