Category Archives: Mushroom News & Myco Technology

Pestalotiopsis microspora

pestalotiopsis microspora

Ever had a flash of mind as to the amounts of polyurethane in our dumpsites, sitting there for hundreds of years before eventualy turning back to dust? Well recently a group of Yale students discovered a mushroom species originating in¬†Ecuador, that may prove to assist us in disposing of our waste. The mycelium of these […]

Build a steaming vessel for mushrooms cultivation

mushroom steamer

How to easily build a simple DIY steaming vessel for mushroom substrate sterilization: The first thing to do is find a suitable containing vessel for your mushroom steamer. I used a 5000L tank, that was used previously for storing fuel. This vessel was cut in half and cleaned out. At our local blacksmith, I had […]

Culturing Wild Mushrooms

During the autumn of 2014, I harvested and cloned a mushroom on my Farm that in my opinion looked much like the Pleurotus ostreatus strain (Oyster Mushroom). Looking at the culture running on PDA (potatoe dextrose agar) in a petri dish showed all the same characteristics as the other Pleurotus cultures I work with. Some […]

Mushrooms found in South Africa


Tremella fuciformus – Jelly Fungus Ganoderma Lucidum – Red Reishi Coprinus micaceus – Glistening Inkcap Amanita muscaria – Fly agaric Boletus aestivalis – Oak Bolete Aseroe rubra – Star Stinkhorn Panaeolus foenisecii Russula ochroleuca Laetiporus sulphureus / Chiciken-of-the-woods Lenzites elegans – Elegant bracket Exidia glandulosa – Brain Fungus – Black Coprinus plicatilis / Fairy Parasol […]

Mushroom Farming in South Africa

Shiitake culture Lentinula edodes

Over the last 11 years that I have been involved in mushroom production, I have seen a steady growth in mushroom cultivation in South Africa. South Africans are finding more and more interest in Exotic Mushrooms as well as medicinal mushrooms. There is a lot of potential yet for mushroom farming locally since we have […]