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Book Data

ISBN: 9781603584555
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: 4 Color
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 400
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Web Product ID: 812

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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

by Tradd Cotter

Reviews, Interviews, & Articles

  • "Microbiologist Cotter came to mushroom farming in his 20s and quickly became hooked. He shares his enthusiasm for the practice in this wide-ranging book, which covers topics of interest for the beginning hobbyist to the market farmer. Starting with general information about the mushroom life cycle and growing techniques, it progresses into innovative applications for mushrooms and educational ideas using fungi, and then gets into advanced systems. The title concludes with a guide to specific mushrooms and methods for growing them indoors and outdoors. Highlights of innovative techniques include growing media and guerilla urban mushroom producing. More advanced and experimental projects are fascinating, such as the potential for mushroom farming on a space ship and advice on ways to cultivate morels. Emphasized throughout are low-cost and sustainable methods, with several features on how to grow mushrooms without electricity and in disaster areas. Cotter describes the “mushroom rescue modules” he imagines being shipped to disaster relief areas that can provide food, mosquito control, and water purification. –VERDICT Because this title covers a lot of ground it will be extremely useful for mushroom farming enthusiasts at any level.”

    Library Journal

  • "Mushrooms 'are part of Nature’s decomposers and constructors, the agent of habitat renewal,' Cotter tells us. And mycoremediation is the use of mushrooms to create an effective biomass that can break down environmental and industrial pollutants. A microbiologist, mycologist, and organic gardener, Cotter takes a holistic approach, mindful of the mushroom’s life cycle and ecological role, in this challenging guide to the indoor and outdoor cultivation of edible mushroom varieties. He also provides information on medicinal, industrial, and ecologically remedial applications. His in-depth exploration extends beyond cultivation to 'healing the people and the planet.' The book’s four sections cover the fundamentals of mushroom cultivation; innovative applications and projects, including alcoholic beverages; advanced techniques and research, including mycoremediation; and detailed descriptions of selected mushrooms. With plenty of photographs and other illustrations and comprehensive back matter, including glossary, bibliography, list of resources and suppliers, and index, Cotter’s advanced how-to is best for those seeking serious mycological knowledge.”

    Booklist

  • "This comprehensive introduction to growing and utilizing fungi has something for all mushroom-inclined readers, be they individuals curious about growing edible fungi in their backyards or basements, prospective mushroom farmers setting up large growing systems, educators from kindergarten to college levels, or innovators experimenting with eco-friendly materials. In addition to providing step-by-step directions for growing mushrooms, the book foodies, amateur scientists, and activists with esoteric and advanced applications for them, such as mushroom-infused beers; 'mushroom modules' that can be used for food, water filtration, or insect control in disaster relief; and mushrooms that can be “trained” to break down specific contaminants. Both practical and passionate, Cotter offers extensive and detailed information about mushroom biology, propagation, and remediation for novices. This refreshing take goes beyond typical how-tos, which only provide rote directions and absolute answers. He has equal interest in encouraging budding mycologists, mushroom growers, and mycoremediators to observe, experiment, and add to the knowledge of this mysterious burgeoning field.”

    Publishers Weekly


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Tradd Cotter's Upcoming Events

  • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Farm
    Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour, Easley SC
    November 8, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Tradd Cotter at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference
    CFSA Conference, Greenville SC
    November 10, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Tradd Cotter at Malaprops Bookstore
    Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood St, Asheville NC
    November 13, 2014, 7:00 pm
  • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Farm
    Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour, Easley SC
    November 16, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Tradd Cotter at Booksmith
    283 Market St, , Seneca SC 29678
    December 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

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