Gastronomes will no doubt be aware of the presence of an increasing range of exotic mushrooms on the supermarket shelves. Pleurotus ostreatus, the oyster mushroom, was cultivated on waste material in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I. In the Far East, oyster cap mushrooms are cultivated on short lengths of tree trunk. There is, however, no need to go to all this trouble. You just need a toilet roll. Mystified? Then read on...
HOW IT WORKS
In this very simple practical procedure, you:
This practical activity can be used as a stimulating introduction to the carbon cycle, lending itself to open-ended investigations e.g., the effect of light, temperature and humidity on fruiting.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
OYSTER CAP MUSHROOM STARTER CULTURE
Oyster cap mushroom starter culture ..... £25.00 (GBP)*
(Approximately 500 g, sufficient for at least 10 standard-sized toilet rolls)
*zero rated for VAT
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Oyster cap mushroom starter culture
An exploded view of the NCBE microbial fuel cell.