shiitake substrate

truffler1635 at truffler1635 at
Fri Sep 8 13:03:19 EST 2000

In article <8p9nki$mbo$1 at>,
  "Colin Mitchell Beier" <cbeier at> wrote:
> yea, i know all about mycorrhizae.  i got confused, like i said, by
> FAMILIES, which led me to believe
> an incorrect strategy for shitakes.  i thought they were Amanitacea, but
> they are, alas, Lepiotaceae, which
> are pretty much all decomposers.  Amanitaceae members, for the most part,
> are obligate mycorrhizals, and
> the sole purpose of my post was moot since i had the wrong family.  sorry.
> i really do understand quite a bit about the physiology and ecology of
> fungi, especially as they relate to plants
> my serious deficiencies, obviously, are in the taxonomy department, and i
> promise to keep my mouth shut until
> i have checked my info.  thanks
> cmb
Please don't keep your opinions to yourself, Colin. We're all in this
together, and I think most of us are still in a learning curve. With
several thousand fungi to learn about, I think that's going to be a
lifetime-learning experience, at least for me.

I didn't mean to jump on you and apologize if it sounds that way. But one
of the first things that should be established (and hasn't been very
well) is whether a fungus is mycorrhizal or parasitic or saprophytic.
Some fungi, like Armillariella oystoyae may even be all three, depending
on its life cycle. Scary.

Daniel B. Wheeler

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