Saturday, October 31, 2009
I had the fortune to receive a few bags of maitake plugs from a friend this past spring. The plugs are small segments of wooden dowels that have been colonized by the fungus Grifola frondosa. This fungus is edible and a favorite of many students, faculty, and staff within our plant pathology department. When word got out that I had some plugs, many individuals showed an interest in learning how to cultivate this fungus using oak logs as a substrate. I immediately acquired freshly cut oak logs for use in a maitake inoculation workshop that I developed and instructed. A small group of staff, faculty and students attended this 2 hour workshop and were given a inoculated log to take home with them. I buried 2 large inoculated logs in a nearby woodlot and will monitor those locations for any fruiting body development. The images to the right were taken by one of the workshop participants, Grace O'Keefe. For a quick preview of the workshop click on the title of this post.