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  1. Darklight

    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
  2. 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
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    Shoutout to the firies

    Well, shit. Worst season I've seen, ever, and I was here for the '93 fires. There's a few crew affected, either directly or in the path thereof. Prolly more than I know. But I've seen such grace on the firegrounds which has pushed past my normal misanthropy, and some of that grace has come from some of you. Shoutout especially to @niggles and @teamwhy, whose continued and protracted presence onsite is making a huge difference. Niggles mate you lost yer fire cherry well and truly this year, you've been doing some long days, done some hard fucken yards and I'm proud of you. Teamwhy, seeing you on comms and knowing you're there day after day makes me smile like a goose. Also whoever to put those tiny sweet garden mandarins in the snack packs the other day, they were small and hard won in the drought and sweet as fuck and much appreciated Shoutout to the civvies at Tuntable and Siddha Farm feeding everyone and pushing firebreaks through impossible country and the yoof being all splendid rolling round on ATVs, everyone's hearts swell just seeing them rock a fantastic and major contribution. Anyone who thinks Millennials are snowflakes should see this lot, they're pure gold. Shoutout to the firies everywhere. Everywhere I go I see trucks from somewhere else. Shoutout to Mudgee firies who came up to help out at Drake, now they've got their own shit going down locally like a few other brigades who went well out of area up here. And the CFA ppl in VIC, I think we have a couple on here And none of this Hero Firies shit. Firies are you. This hero worship thing just separates the people who do the work from too many people who can, but aren't. Join up, help out, at the very least clean your fucking gutters, talk to your neighbours and get your evac plan in line ( yes, I do understand that not everyone can kick in and the entry requirements are onerous these days, that's for another thread ) You should see who's out there, it's amazing. The fires are fucked and the environmental devastation is heartbreaking. The humanity so far is splendid Pray for rain. Dance harder, fuckit
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Darklight

    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
  7. Darklight

    Shrooms become a bit more magical

    Handy- thank you!
  8. 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
  9. Darklight

    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
  10. Erg, I will pour those plates in the morning, so disorganised here :/
  11. Darklight

    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
  12. Darklight

    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
  13. 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
  14. Darklight

    Shoutout to the firies

    Is alright, I knew what you meant and I was into using the wrong term as well. Am most interested in getting a tissue sample onto fresh H2O2 plates ASAP. Cancelled all other appointments today, making plates now. Niggles is hunting samples as well. What are the chances of me getting some tissue samples off you late sarvie/ do you want me to bring over some fresh H2O2 plates? What tree species are the pseudo-sclerotia originating from? I might have to make up some woodchip media for it I'm so easily distracted....
  15. Darklight

    Shoutout to the firies

    You reckon they're the same as Niggles is finding? Check thread http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?/topic/46677-found-growing-in-the-ash-from-still-burning-bushfires/ WHAT? THERE ARE TRUFFLES? YOU'RE FINDING TRUFFLES? @teamwhy Get tissue samples and dry em proper, at least 200mg. I'll add them to the collection of things that need sequencing ( special kudos to Obtuse, who explained at length why this should be done properly ) Put some fresh tissue down on H2O2 MEA agar plates. If you don't have any I will make some of the bastards up. Niggles might have access to some too, but they will be a coupla months old *sigh* you prolly don't have time, but if we can grab some properly identified edible native truffles we will all be well stoked, and we can try to add some to any regen work. Anyone else got any favourite firies out there?
  16. Lenzites elegans maybe? Your pics made me think of the mushroom which often gets mistaken for a bleached Trametes. One of the mushroom groups on FB might be able to help out, SEQ fungi, Fungimap or Australian Wild Mushroom Hunters
  17. Darklight

    Shoutout to the firies

    Spectacular pics, hey those first ones aren't Hill 3 are they? Everyone who's never seen a close up bushfire please note that almost the only time you get a chance to take your phone out and take pics is when there isn't anything major on. For pics you need to take your gloves off and not be holding anything with water dripping out of the end. And not running anywhere. Or yelling for backup on the scratchy radios. Also consider the stuff out of shot. Like the trees already 90% burning you can't see in the pic 10m back which may or may not fall over and send embers everywhere.
  18. I'm still excited about this one but have done fuckall about it, sorry. Is it still growing? Is there any chance our Sorcerer's Apprentice and Mistress of Cultures could grab a tissue sample and/ or a coupla H2O2 plates? And a spore print? Anything that comes up in the middle of a fireground so early is prolly a pioneer species, could be environmentally interesting Keep an eye out for fire morels after it rains, and edible native truffles too
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    Meet Up: Gold Coast

    Damn, I'd go just for the chance to see your smiling face Hope you get lotsa good people turn up and it rains a little
  20. OMG we're following each other. It's like meta-stalking :D

    1. Enjaytee


      OMG Soooo happy right now!  :lol:

    2. Darklight


      I wanna ketchup with you at Alpacarama

    3. Enjaytee


      It’s been ages. Can’t wait for a lil reunion. 

  21. Darklight

    Vale ReshroomEd

    Last year, around the time of EGA in Melbs, one of our long term and seriously valuable members died. If you have an Eileen clone, or have drunk of the Eileen clone, you've been a recipient of Ed's work. And probably his generousity. If you ever did an Otways camping trip with him you'll know why his death is such a great loss. I only found out today. We'd go months without speaking or writing then binge on it with hours of gorgeous, insightful, funny, irreverent conversation. We'd have phone drinks and pass out talking about amazing shit. He'd pick everything apart, then I would, and we'd put it all back together and it all made sense. He'd been sick for years- really gut wrenchingly sick, and he hated speaking to anyone when he crook with a pathological loathing I can only be impressed by. So we gave each other space. Only this time I gave him too much. Fuckit. My head is full of Ed stories. There are no favourites, they're all gold. But the type of gold which fades in text. You had to be there. He named the Eileen clone after his mum, and sent that cactus clone round the world. Often twice as much as anyone had paid for, and often for free. When I asked him how his mum felt about the transubstantiation, being symbolically consumed by complete strangers at 75, he shrugged and said "Grouse. Ask her " Nobody grew wasabi like Ed. Reading his old emails is like hearing him speak all over again. All the words got used. The big ones, the small ones, the swear ones, archaic words, technical ones, words used in contexts I'd not heard of and words I had to look up, side by side in every sentence Vale fearless bloke, irreverent gentleman-scholar, hunter, mate, plant fiend. You vainglorious bastard, I loved you like you were torn from my own rib. You brilliant, stubborn, sophisticated, gentle, resourceful, skilled, compassionate, staunch, generous, insane prick. May the next place you're in find you free from all pain
  22. Right now what I'm doing is drooling. I don't understand 80% of the techspeak, which is entirely normal for a new field for me, so I'm not bothered by that. If I needed something doing in this space right now I'd spend the time because obvs the field is expanding and I need to watch the directions. All I can do at this point is observe, and drool What excites me is that there are people here with relevant and current skillset who can explain it well and who are sharing information Would it be possible for 2-3 of you to get together and put something up for the next EGA Garden States? Like a DNA 101 workshop on a single relevant point to us ethno freaks? A few of us have been working on practical protocols for base-level workshops for the day next May. Light microscopy, a little TLC, and something fungal again. Stuff people want to do at home- and can- but just need a few pointers to get the most out of the tek
  23. If it's the same legend from ANU who was proposing exactly that a few years back, please tell him I said hi? He was a legend even back then, now I reckon he'd be a fucken rockstar Great site too
  24. Yeah I had King quail, tiny. Prolly why they fared poorly against predators
  25. I don't understand about 80% of the technical speak of the above, and genetics isn't my field Am incredibly impressed tho, by how much the skillsets of youse all have progressed It's been nearly 3 years since the OP put up their request. What's changed? My understanding is that SDN-1 knockouts are now no longer covered by OGTR legislation, but not sure if this covers environmental release as well. Anyone know? Quite possibly what hasn't changed, and may be going backwards, is public access to a lot of new databases. And I suspect ( but cannot confirm ) that the human factor is still a big part- quality DNA extraction is hard for some species or plant parts and as Tripyamine says above, a bad result needs to be caught before it proliferates. Add that to the variables of technique and machine and it sounds like it'll be a shitfight for a while yet