Progress report on the mycelium insulated door.
Due to the (ehem) sub-optimal laboratory environment up at Cooper Cabin, the goal of this project became an examination of various sanitation protocol tolerances when installing a mixture of live second-flush myceliated substrate and site-generated sawdust.
The biggest hiccup so far is contamination with either trichoderma or penicillium - not uncommon in these endeavors. There is still a possibility that the vigorous Pleurotus ostreatus mycelium will out-compete the contaminant
, but the outcome is yet to be determined. Although the contamination likely orginated in the commercially produced pine cladding, the reporposed support structure, or our casual install process, it is my thinking that the use of 100% pre-colonized substrate for installation will yield far more reliable results. This will be the starting point for subsequent trials.
Interesting development this week is that the mycelium is actually fruiting through the toungue-and-groove skins, yielding delicious, edible oyster mushrooms. Yum!
source: caleb's brk
The limitations of installing this door in short order, while montoring its progress from afar render me dependant upon the monitoring and recorded observations of others, so I am deeply endebted to Caleb for his attention to the progress. Thank you Caleb - pie for you!