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Mushroom cultivation => Cultivation => Topic started by: mikepellerin on April 29, 2014, 11:28:51 PM

Title: Newbie question about Agaricus bitorquis possible cross-breeding.
Post by: mikepellerin on April 29, 2014, 11:28:51 PM
As the title suggests, I'm a newbie to mushroom growing. I want to grow Agaricus bitorquis (this will be from a kit), but I have a question about possible cross breeding/contamination.

I live in New England in an old post-victorian house that has a tamped earth/victorian construct basement. It maintains the proper temps for mushroom growing, but sometimes when we heavy rains, I get some water in there. This often produces some fungi (mushrooms) of unknown type on the floor.

My question is this: Will the appearance of these unknown mushrooms contaminate my planted stock. My kit will be well above the floor.

Thank you in advance,
mikepellerin
Title: Re: Newbie question about Agaricus bitorquis possible cross-breeding.
Post by: anno on April 30, 2014, 02:44:39 AM
Well, the spores of the unknown mushrooms will off course land on your A. bitorquis substrate, but since it is already colonized, nothing bad should happen.
I would be more concerned by green and black molds which could also be in the cellar, those could potentially contaminate and destroy the substrate.