How To Run Mycelium: A Fungi Tissue Culture Workshop
Date(s) - Saturday, June 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Biotech without Borders
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Laboratory Workshop by Craig Trester, founder of MYC:
Most people usually encounter mushrooms only on the menu of their favorite restaurant or in the produce section of the supermarket, never having to search for and identify these fungal fruiting bodies in their natural habitats. That leaves the question, what techniques allowed humans to go beyond foraging for mushrooms in the woods and cultivate them on demand?
This workshop will provide an answer through instruction of the theory and practice of laboratory techniques utilized in mushroom cultivation. Used to isolate pure cultures of fungal species, these methods are also fundamental to propagate mycelium for use in creation of biological based materials, textiles, and artwork.
Working with mushrooms from the grocery and wild, you’ll learn to:
Formulate solid (petri dish) agar media that mycelium will grow out on
Use sterile technique to handle fungal specimens and culture mycelium from their tissue
Create a personal still air chamber from up-cycled materials that will allow you to perform these skills at home
Prepare cardboard for use as an effective low-tech medium to capture fungal species from the wild for future propagation
About the Instructor:
Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist that applies biomimicry and permaculture principles through mycology to develop regenerative solutions. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Craig runs MYC, an applied mycology educational resource that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, and society to academic, research, community, and private audiences.