If you heard of laboratory grade mushrooms, you probably already have an idea of how far scientists might go in order to achieve the enhanced growth of certain fungi for research purposes. A laboratory grade mushroom is simply a mushroom that was grown from special spores to contain an ideal amount of its most important active substances.
For laboratory grade mushrooms to be grown, certain conditions have to be met. For example, researchers buy mushroom spores from laboratories that are equipped with sterile rooms so that the inoculation process can be performed just right. The incubation rooms, where one can find sawdust bags and spawn and the microscopy media rooms where mushrooms are studied and evaluated, are also an important part of the process. Laboratories that grow and study laboratory grade mushrooms are also equipped with pasteurization and refrigeration rooms, production spaces and shipping areas, where all the important substances and materials are received.
Spores are typically kept in sterilized water inside special syringes known as mushroom spore syringes. These tools are then used to inoculate a substrate where the mushroom will grow. Keeping the mushrooms away from contaminants and ensuring that their growth cycle is maximized in efficiency are some of the most important things that scientists focus on in order to grow genuine laboratory grade mushrooms.