Workshop: advanced mycelium cultivation

Learn advanced mycelium cultivation techniques at Biotoop!

11 Apr 2015

Take your mushroom practice to the next level. This workshop is for those who want to learn the ins and outs of advanced techniques in the sterile lab.


Pouring agar -

Advanced techniques?

What does this mean? We will explain how to prepare agar plates, how to make spawn out of them, as well as strain selection and breeding protocols. You will learn how to work with sterile techniques in our home build cleanroom. For who? For architects, designers, foodies or DIY biologists who want to take their research and work with mushrooms a step further.


Ni and Joyce inspect their growing bag. - Mycelium can be a source of inspiration for artists and designers. Amy Claire Elizabeth Galbraith

What will you do?

You will be introduced to the mushroom cultivation process, including the basic biology of basidiomycetes, the different stages of the spawn making. As well as the inoculation of different substrates such as straw, coffee grounds, sawdust and wood logs. These are the selected species we are going to work with:

•Shiitake (Lentinus edodes)
•Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus)
•King oyster (Pleurotus eryngii)
•Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
•Golden Teacher (Psilocybe cubensis)


Agar plate - Shiitake mycelium growing on agar Daniel Parnitzke

What will you take home?

Each participant receives the five selected mushroom strains on Petri dishes for their own personal use. Also you'll take home a short training manual that will help you start doing your own tests.

More info

The workshop takes place at Mediamatic Biotoop, our new location at Dijksgracht 6. There are limited spots available for this workshop so make sure you buy your ticket in time. The workshop will take 4 hours.

Buy your ticket here
Tickets are €75,-. We give a 30% culture discount to freelancers, students and employees of cultural organizations. If this applies to you please follow this link and use the discount code 'cultivation'. Please not that when you use the discount we will ask for a proof of subscription.

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