update of Morchella/sclerotia bomb run
stamets1 at aol.com
Thu Sep 22 11:37:09 EST 1994
Folks- I spoke to Tom Brannon (509-663-6400), WSU forest
recovery specialist and he is reviewing aerial photographs of
recent burns in the attempt to find two parallel sites. From his
prior experience, finding two comparable
plots of land has been difficult. The criteria for selection:
north slope, mid-elevation (2000-4000 ft.), walking distance
from access road, land ideally separated by unburned
"ridge-row" or similar division of unburned vegetation.
He stated that if a suitable site can be found on non-DNR
managed land, such as land governed by the Dept. of
Fisheries & Wildlife, an interagency Memorandum of
Understanding will have to be issued. Normally this would
be an bureaucratic entanglement, however, the idea seems
to be cutting through much red-tape.
My thinking is that Oct. 15-16th would be a good date.
Ideally, we need rain prior to the drop so that the Morel mycelia
will quickly recover. For those of you not familiar with the velocity
of cell division, M.angusticeps will grow about 2-4 cm. per day
under ideal conditions. When the microsclerotia
are broken, more sclerotia immediately results.
Because of weather conditions,
we will need a ground crew at the site a day in advance,
to help align the bomb run.
Ideas? Suggestions? Volunteers? Skeptics? I invite your comments.....
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