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Owsla



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Location: Ceredigion, West Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 10:48 am    Post subject: Spawn suppliers for mushroom cultivation  Reply with quote    

I am currently in the early-ish stages of setting up a small business cultivating gourmet mushrooms. A lot of time, energy and money has been spent so far on getting things right but the main problem Ive been having is finding a supplier of mushroom spawn that is not contaminated. I have bought various spawn from mushroombox.co.uk in the uk and although their oyster mushrooms are just about passable, the rest of their spawn was not eg. their Morel, Nameko, Reishi, Blewits and Shitaki were all horribly contaminated. I know this because I inoculated in a sterile environment and I thoroughly sterilized the substrate but after a week or so of incubation the inoculated bags filled with green mould and so I had to chuck them out.
Does anyone here know of a good supplier of spawn in the UK or Europe that can guarantee pure spawn? I know there are several in the US but I want to avoid buying from there if possible.
Thanks.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php might be worth a try

Owsla



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php might be worth a try


Thanks. I have that site bookmarked and may give them a try.
What I'm looking for is a spore bank in the UK that has pure cultures but I'm beginning to think there isn't one.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you spoken to Paul?

http://www.plantationsystems.com/

He must have contacts even if he can't help you directly, you can PM him here his user ID is Truffle.

I did find a mushroom grower in Colchester once that reckoned he cultivated 50 different species, this might be him but I can't remember:

http://www.iessex.co.uk/profile/303473/Colchester/Gourmet-Mushrooms-UK-Ltd/

He was a nice guy to talk to. I did forward his details to Paul at the time so he may have them.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Actually there used to be a Welsh firm that cultivated lots of mushrooms too, they set up the mushroom garden at Raymond Blanc's

tai haku



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 12 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Owsla wrote:
tahir wrote:
http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php might be worth a try


Thanks. I have that site bookmarked and may give them a try.
What I'm looking for is a spore bank in the UK that has pure cultures but I'm beginning to think there isn't one.


might wanna try here:
http://bemushroomed.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=33

or log onto the gourmet forum of the shroomery to see if anyone will share a slant, wedge or sporeprint of what you want.

Otherwise you might be looking at seeing if Fungiperfecti or Aloha medicinals will ship.

Owsla



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 12 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for your help guys.
The mycobank look very good indeed.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 12 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No use for a spawn source but you might find this video interesting.

pitufo



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 6:09 pm    Post subject: Mushroom spawn Reply with quote    

You may find this site useful

http://www.micro-science.co.uk/mycology/live-cultures.html

You can generate large amounts of your own spawn with these

http://www.micro-science.co.uk/myco-farm-rye-injector-bag-1kg-only.html

Hope this helps..

simona



Joined: 16 Feb 2016
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 16 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Spawn suppliers for mushroom cultivation Reply with quote    

Owsla wrote:
I am currently in the early-ish stages of setting up a small business cultivating gourmet mushrooms. A lot of time, energy and money has been spent so far on getting things right but the main problem Ive been having is finding a supplier of mushroom spawn that is not contaminated. I have bought various spawn from mushroombox.co.uk in the uk and although their oyster mushrooms are just about passable, the rest of their spawn was not eg. their Morel, Nameko, Reishi, Blewits and Shitaki were all horribly contaminated. I know this because I inoculated in a sterile environment and I thoroughly sterilized the substrate but after a week or so of incubation the inoculated bags filled with green mould and so I had to chuck them out.
Does anyone here know of a good supplier of spawn in the UK or Europe that can guarantee pure spawn? I know there are several in the US but I want to avoid buying from there if possible.
Thanks.


Hiya,
I too have the same problem finding a good spawn producer in the UK. I too live in West Wales and I'm also preparing for a small scale commercial set-up for growing gourmet mushrooms.
Also trying to avoid importing from the USA, here a recommendation from Paul Stamets - in Belgium but a proper professional spawn laboratory as it seems. At least it's within the EU which should make shipping and fees cheaper.


http://www.mycelia.be/en

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 16 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome to Downsizer Simona. This is a very old thread you have resurrected, but certainly the links should still be worth investigating.

Piggyphile



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 16 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have used http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php for dowels but I am still waiting for fruiting to start (only did it this winter).

That site was also recommended by Martin Crawford when I did my forest garden course.

simona



Joined: 16 Feb 2016
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 16 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Piggyphile wrote:
I have used http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php for dowels but I am still waiting for fruiting to start (only did it this winter).

That site was also recommended by Martin Crawford when I did my forest garden course.


Thank you for your reply Piggy :-) yes, Iv'e heard of annforfungi but couldn't spot morel spawn on her site.
Anyhow, I'm really in the pre-pre-phase, so just gathering supplier info.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 16 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

simona wrote:
Piggyphile wrote:
I have used http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php for dowels but I am still waiting for fruiting to start (only did it this winter).

That site was also recommended by Martin Crawford when I did my forest garden course.


Thank you for your reply Piggy yes, Iv'e heard of annforfungi but couldn't spot morel spawn on her site.
Anyhow, I'm really in the pre-pre-phase, so just gathering supplier info.


They've updated their site since I used them. Anyway, it's on this page: [url]http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/content/store/#!/Beds-&-Patches-in-the-garden/c/14062672/offset=0&sort=normal [/url]

simona



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 16 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
simona wrote:
Piggyphile wrote:
I have used http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/shop/index.php for dowels but I am still waiting for fruiting to start (only did it this winter).

That site was also recommended by Martin Crawford when I did my forest garden course.


Thank you for your reply Piggy yes, Iv'e heard of annforfungi but couldn't spot morel spawn on her site.
Anyhow, I'm really in the pre-pre-phase, so just gathering supplier info.


They've updated their site since I used them. Anyway, it's on this page: [url]http://www.annforfungi.co.uk/content/store/#!/Beds-&-Patches-in-the-garden/c/14062672/offset=0&sort=normal [/url]


Oh, thank you very much for the prompt reply and the info, very much appreciated.

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