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Mushroom Experts Ready to Grow Mushroom Kit - Blue Oyster (Pleurotus Ostreatus)

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PLEASE NOTE: If you are NOT using your Mushroom Kit straight away, store it in the fridge. If you are gifting the kit - Take the bag out of the box and keep it in the fridge (re-box when ready to gift).

Blue Oyster (Pleurotus Ostreatus)

The Blue Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) belongs to a clade of mushrooms called Pleurotiniales. They are closely related to oyster mushrooms and resemble fungi. They exhibit a wide range of genetic diversity. They are commonly used in culinary applications and have numerous uses. In addition to culinary applications, they are also employed in ecological remediation. The mycelium of these fungi demonstrates a high affinity for hydrocarbons, which are the polymeric backbone molecules of many industrial compounds. As such, they can help communities integrate waste streams. 

Phylogenetic analyses of this species have revealed that it is related to several species of Pleurotus. Using Mon-Mon and Di-Mon mating tests, researchers have confirmed that Pleurotus ostreatus and P. eryngii belong to the same clade.

This mushroom is widely consumed in Asia and Africa. Its culinary qualities, excellent consistency and longer shelf life make it attractive to consumers. Due to the low cost, it presents a viable option for reducing and recycling urban waste. However, it has not yet been extensively cultivated in Bangladesh. In a recent study, three strains of P. eryngii were grown on sawdust and compared with non-cased substrates. The Pe-1 strain demonstrated the highest biological yield and efficiency.

Pleurotus ostreatus, also known as Blue Oyster Mushroom, belongs to a clade of fungi called Agaricales. These mushrooms are widely distributed worldwide and include many fungal species. These fungi are incredibly nutritious and rich in amino acids, fibre, and carbohydrates.  

The evolutionary relationships of Pleurotus ostreatus reveal that the genus represents a diverse clade with a vast geographic distribution. Phylogenetic studies show that this clade has evolved over time since the Pleistocene.

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What's Included in Your Mushroom Kit

Please take a moment to review the included items in your mushroom kit. If you have any other questions, our team is happy to assist further. 

The kit contains:

  • Mushroom Substrate Bag: This bag is pre-filled with the grain substrate on the bottom portion.
  • Mushroom Spore Syringe: A sterile syringe containing the mushroom spore liquid culture solution and needle for inoculation.  

Inoculation and Incubation Process

  1. First, use the provided sterile wipe to sanitize the area of the substrate bag where you will inject the liquid culture solution. This injection point should be located at the bottom grain portion. 
  2. Next, insert the syringe needle. Use a lighter or gas stove flame to sterilize the needle until it turns red hot, then allow it to fully cool. 
  3. Once cooled, use the syringe to inject the liquid culture directly into the grains through the substrate bag wall at the sterilized injection point. You only need the very tip of the needle inserted. 
  4. After inoculating, apply sterile tape over the needle hole for containment. Your substrate bag has now been successfully inoculated with the mushroom liquid culture.
  5. Store the inoculated bag in a dry, dark location with an average temperature of 24°C, such as a cabinet or drawer. Check back within 1-2 weeks to ensure full colonization of the grains, which will appear white. 
  6. Once fully colonized, gently mix the substrate and grains by hand-shaking the bag, being careful not to damage the sealed top. Return it to the storage conditions for an additional 2 weeks. 

Tip: Most Mushroom Substrate bags should be white. some mushroom strains (like Lion's mane) sometimes do not look like they are fully colonised, but as long as the bag feels firm your Mushroom Substrate bag is ok.

Please let us know if you require any other guidance during the cultivation process. We're here to support your successful mushroom growing.