Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lab Mushrooms

Here's an oyster mushroom growing from a block of baked sawdust.
"It sprouted two days ago," said Cilacap-based mushroom farmer Sairin. "We'll harvest it tomorrow."

Sairin has a small brick shed full of rows of creamy fungi blossoming from packs of medium. He harvests between two and eight kilogrammes a day and sells the mushrooms (jamur tiram) for Rp14,000 ($1.50) per kg to local villagers.
After seeding, the mushrooms take 40 days to visibly sprout. The one above sprouted just one day previously. Compare those two photographs: there's only one day between them.

"I buy the mushroom seeds from the local university laboratory," added Sairin...

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