Unit 2 Mushroom Paper

Unit 2 Mushroom Paper - Drew Rasmussen Rick Coonrod English...

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Drew Rasmussen Rick Coonrod English 102 11 October 2010 The Beauty of Fungi You come in contact with them on a daily basis, they live around you, yet you probably have no idea of their existence. I was in the same situation until about 6 months ago. Walking through my friend’s yard we saw multiple species of basidiomycetes also known as the common “club fungi.” I was amazed at the complexity of such a tiny organism. I began researching in my spare time to find out more about these interesting organisms. Research turned into field hunts where I would go up to Stack Rock by Bogus Basin, and look for different species of fungi. It was simply amazing to see them in their natural environment, and this is what really sparked my interest in fungi. During my research I came across a mycologist by the name of Marc Keith. He would later be the man I chose to interview, and watch for my field observations. He had already published a video series, and was working on a book when I began learning from his work. This man may be strange by societies standards, and his area of science may be overlooked, but none the less this man was a genius. Mushroom cultivation is also referred to as fungiculture, and entails the culture of mushrooms and fungi for edible and medicinal purposes. There are a number of different techniques for cultivating mushrooms. Of these techniques some of the more popular are outdoor grow beds, or indoor trays put in a portable green house. However, just about every
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mycologist who cultivates has developed his own method and techniques that suit their needs, and allow for optimal growing conditions. “All mushroom growing techniques require the correct combination of humidity, temperature, substrate (growth medium) and inoculum (spawn or starter culture). Wild harvests, outdoor log inoculation and indoor trays all provide these elements” (Mycotopia, 2010). There is a broad generalization that mushrooms are plants, but this is far from being right. This vast difference is what causes mushroom cultivation to be so much more difficult than growing tomatoes in your garden. Actually, with a little research there is a night and day difference between the two. This vast difference is what causes mushroom cultivation to be so much more difficult than growing tomatoes in your garden. “Plants develop through photosynthesis, a process that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbohydrates, especially cellulose. While sunlight provides an energy source for plants, mushrooms derive all of their energy and growth materials from their growth medium, through biochemical decomposition processes” (Chang, 2004). Mushroom cultivation combines principles from many different sciences, that it is actually quite an art to get right. So before one would make that assumption, you should probably read this paper first. To explain the reasoning behind mushrooms not being plants, I will take the liberty of
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