The study of mushrooms is no longer confined to the professional laboratories of research facilities, with many people today being interested in amateur research work as well as in the creation of ornamental mushroom prints. The mushroom spores used by amateur mycologist need to be of the highest quality – if the wonderful world of mushrooms is what interests you, too, here are some tips about how to source and use laboratory grade bulk mushroom spores:
- Create a sterile environment for your research – to set up a good mushroom laboratory, pick a room that has good ventilation and that is also separated from the other rooms in the house to prevent mushroom spores from reaching into the air in the living spaces. Make sure that you access your laboratory only in sterile clothes, so never wear your everyday close to your lab.
- Use a reliable supplier – the spores that you use for your research or for creating your prints need to be of the highest quality, so use only a supplier that guarantees laboratory grade quality. The best form to get your spores is in the form of syringes, the spores being introduced into the syringes in a sterile water solution.