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  1. I've got an old Olympus ECEBi microscope and I love the damn thing. However it's a little dusty inside, and I'd like to do some spore identification with it, so I need crisp vision at high magnification A few mates have the same base model or a variant thereof. They were super common back in the day Yep, they're from the 70s or something, but they're well made. I love well made things :) Having trouble finding someone who will clean it- not just the outer, but the gubbins inside, which seems dusty Have spoken to a few professionals about it who have said it's a fair bet they're not worth looking at, and the average hourly rate ( including part thereof ) for a professional clean is about $200 an hour- that would also cover the evaluation, even if no work was done Bit lost with what to do about this. I'd also like professional advice on storing the damn thing so it doesn't suffer from fungus, which seems to get into a lot of scopes in NNSW Anyone have actual experience with getting this done? Not just links- but actual experience?
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    Garden States Microdose - Free livestream with Dennis McKenna

    Even me? Def gunna check out Caine's presentation. Good solid local science Love your work my old friend <3
  3. Hullooo!

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      Darklight

      OOh sbeen so long since I logged in

       

      So lovely to chat the other night, miss you guys

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    Killing yellow stainer colony?

    Yep, I wouldn't throw fungicide or glyphosate on it. Ick. Have a crack at throwing a fair whack of Aglime on it. Raising the soil pH might discourage that species and encourage a different one. Whether it's one you like or not is another matter If you have heaps of local used oyster mushroom straw or other local spent mushroom spawn I'd throw that on top of the aglime. I haven't tried this, it's just something that's inline with basic mycological and biological processes. Inhibit the thing you don't want, encourage the thing you do And saguaro is right, there will be spores aplenty, and mushrooms will always come up when conditions are right for them and not their competitors Yellow stainers prolly occupy an important niche, don't wipe em out Let us know how you go
  5. Wow. Just wow. Awesome, thank you so much! I knew nothing of these. What's the yield like for a domestic setup? Either per kg or how many single portion meals or meal additions you'd get per bag? This is now one of my one-day-I'll-get-to-it projects. Glad you got there first :D
  6. That. Was. Beautiful. Thanks to Ronny, Obtuse and Adele and the EGA crew for putting this together. Was very much worth the trip to Melbs. Panel was gorgeous, hell, the audience was gorgeous. A lovely mixed bunch of age and backgrounds, some were familiar with EGA's work, others knew more about the myco-side but quite a few knew of both. Audience had a pretty good grounding in all things mushroomy, which made for some excellent questions to the panel. The book table near the ticket point was often crowded with people who had at least one of the references if not more before they even got there. The venue was awesome The panel. I am such a myco-groupie. They all made themselves available for chats before the event and during intermission and a few stuck round afterwards and they were all fucken lovely people with a grace I can only envy. Question time was professional, comprehensive and respectful and thus also awesome If you get a chance, go to one of Dr Alison Pouliot's workshops or forays. She's got a really impressive schedule the next few months, quite a few covering specific species of interest ( how cool's that ) and apparently they book up full- fast. https://alisonpouliot.com/workshops-events/ Sapphire and Fungi4Land: https://fungi4land.com/ about the most worthy book project of the decade. Love her work. I will buy all the t-shirts. Fungimap and iNaturalist. Best citizen science work on the entire planet ( I will find you that reference Cam, I promise ) Do they even need a link? Everyone knows em. Here, have the link anyhow https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungimap-australia Ah yeah, the film. Didn't get to see it. Sure it was fantastic tho, everyone seemed to like it :D Kudos to you all the lot of you. And thanks again Bonus points to me for being lucky enough to hang out with Obtuse heaps, and for working out how to use the bloody coffee machine thing at the flat
  7. Righto, I bought tix to the second screening, just on the off chance I can get down there. Ends 2300 The first, early screening is already sold out. I so wanna be at the panel thing, congratulations and thank you for getting all those people together Obtuse and Ronny and EGA crew. Hope to see you there
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    Wasabi wanted

    From seed? Easy. A great beginner's project, really worth a go. Sow a lot, some in individual containers, some with a few per container. Split the batch in half and put one of the halves in the fridge for 3-4 weeks then return it to your light rack. If you wanted to start from a live plant it could be more challenging. Start with seed in tissue culture and let us know how you go
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    Shrooms become a bit more magical

    Handy- thank you!
  10. Ermahgord. I just saw this. I am very seriously thinking about heading down to Melbs for the night on the off chance I get to even be in the same room as the panel crew, all of whom are my idols
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    Wasabi wanted

    i sent some down to ReShroomed a few years ago ( mmm, maybe a decade now I think about it ). TC clones of seed grown. They grew down at Colac like corkers and the leaf size was 6x what I got in NNSW within weeks ReShroomed passed away a few years ago :( No chance of getting plants out of him now either... allrareherbs.com.au site says they're delivering Wasabia offsets in April But try the seed too. Even if you don't end up with a commercial-grade wasabi root, the leaves are great for winter salads and the stalks apparently are useful too Give it a go I reckon
  12. Erg, I will pour those plates in the morning, so disorganised here :/
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    Shoutout to the firies

    It is all so unbelievably sad I'm short of words. I hope you stay OK, and I hope it rains
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    Shoutout to the firies

    Ooh er, thank you, I'll SMS you. I fell asleep and didn't do those plates yet, but they won't take long tomorrow I can't wait, this'll be awesome if we get it
  15. Nice Is that the inside of the pseudo-sclerotia or the fruit? I'm guessing the former. If so, it doesn't look very appetising, might be a good one to inoculate onto seedlings for re-veg work What are you up to tomorrow? I'll pour these plates out tonight. And try not to pour too many different agar types, we all know how that ends up If the inside of the fruit looks easier to culture and breaks up/ cuts well I'd love to grab a fresh fruit from either you or Niggles or both I'll bring some fresh H2O2 MEA plates for you both too. Best to have 'em fresh before the H2O2 goes off. Never know what you'll find in a hot forest
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