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Davie K:
thanx guys...  seems fun..  ill give it a shot in a month or 2

fmrc:
Taken from the book "THE  GOLDEN  DOORKNOB", by Stephen L. Peele, FMRC:
Taken from "THE  GOLDEN  DOORKNOB", By Stephen L. Peele (FMRC):
Some species of mushrooms have the ability to produce sclerotia.  Most mushrooms and other fungi do not have this ability.  Several of the psychoactive species of mushrooms produce sclerotia.  Psilocybe mexicana and Psilocybe tampanensis are two examples.  The sclerotia is actually an alternative expression of the mushroom to insure the continuation of the species.  This modification is also directly associated with the survival of the mushroom during environmental extremes.  High temperatures, desiccation, or nutrient deprivation, cause these types of mushrooms to form this resistant structure.  The sclerotia is formed by the cells branching profusely, and then develop into a thick outer layer to protect the inside against the extremes of the current environment.  The sclerotia contains stored nutrients, and can survive under unfavorable conditions for many years".  No sclerotia that I know of grows on wood.
The use of the word truffle for these sclerotia is an incorrect term.  They are not truffles.  They are sometimes refered to as "philosopher stones".  I believe this term was placed by Dr. Pollock, the one who collected the first ever specimen of Ps. tampanensis along with Gary Lincoff in early Sept. 1976, just outside Tampla, FL.  It was once only held by 5 people when I deposited it into the CBS Culture Bank in The Netherlands to ensure that it would not die out.  I was once told that even Paul Stamets lost his culture.  Today, people all over the world have access to it.
The book sells for $20.00 post paid ($30.00 Overseas Airmail)  slp/fmrc

fmrc:
Because I saw there was interest in this subject, I post the Contents Page of "THE  GOLDEN  DOORKNOB", Copyright 2001.  For any more information email floridamycology@cs.com
"A note to new cultivators, Information about the author, Independent Mushroom Grower's Network, Sclerotia, Sclerotia Cultivation In General, Psilocybe Mexicana, Psilocybe Tampanensis, Psilocybe Tampanensis - Bringing Live Culture From Sclerotia, Psilocybin And Psilocin, Psilocybe Cyanescens, Converting A Refrigerator To Grow Cold Weather Loving Mushrooms, Gymnopilus Spectabilis - General and Chemistry, Gymnopilus Spectabilis Cultivation, Using Your Microwave to Sterilize Mushroom Growing Media, Psilocybe samuensis, Panaeolus subbalteatus, Psilocybe Cyanescens - Establishing Outside Fruiting Beds, The Chronology Of Psilocybe Cubensis In America, The History Of Psychoactive Mushrooms, Psilocybe cubensis, Panaeolus cyanescens, FMRC's Spore Bank, A Note On Mushroom Laws."

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