- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 1 edition (18 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603584552
- ISBN-13: 978-1603584555
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.6 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation Paperback – 15 Aug 2014
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About the Author
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.
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Now for the heavy disappointment. I bought it because I LOVE and wanted to grow Morels.
There is an entire chapter dedicated to Morels and this is pointed out in the description. There is a photograph, one of only five on the front cover, of fat, lovely Morels laid out in an attractive pattern. On the front cover, author Tradd Cotter has his name captured be illustrations of Morels on both sides. I think it’s safe to assume I’ve found the Holy Grail if Morel information. Not so.
Let me summarize the Morel chapter for you: Morels are damn hard to grow and we really don’t know much about them. While not impossible to grow, it has not been achieved on a commercial level successfuly. Some times a few grow and other times none grow and we’re not sure why. It’s an ongoing study.
There you have it. If you want to just grow some mushrooms, even some pretty exotic ones, this is indeed a very good book. ...but not for Morels. And, FYI, don’t get your hopes up. There isn’t any currently known way to grow Morels with consistent results. :-(
It's a great addition to the reference shelf and the author is very knowledgeable, but his enthusiasm outstrips his ability to teach effectively. Check out Stamets or Russell if you are looking for more of a how-to.