95% Ethanol is used for surface cleaning and for disinfecting your hands while you work. We also stock 99.9% Ethanol Absolute which can be used for mushroom extractions.
Agar Agar Powder is an ingredient used in preparation of MEA and PDA nutrient plate recipe. It is a gelatinous substance obtained from seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in food.
Autoclave Tape is used as an indicator to see if the correct temperature was reached in a pressure cooker, when sterilising Sorghum.
Barley Malt Powder is an ingredient used in a MEA nutrient plate recipe.
- Add 7-10g of malt powder to 500ml of hot water
- Add 11g of Agar Agar powder
- This recipe will be sufficient to pour 40 65mm petri dishes
Bran is an essential ingredient to boost your substrate recipes for exotic mushrooms.
A Bunsen Burner is used to sterilise your Scalpel Blade before you cut a wedge from a Petri Dish or a sliver from a mushroom you are about to clone.
This burner can be adjusted for flame size AND also has a stopcock for inline gas (to open and close supply)
Contaminations are everywhere, so a dust or Face Mask is necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility.
A Glass Beaker is used to make an agar nutrient mixture that is poured into a Petri Dish and allowed to set. We call this a Nutrient Agar Plate and it is used for transfers and cloning.
A Spirit Burner or lamp is used to sterilize your Scalpel Blade before you cut a wedge from a Petri Dish or a sliver from a mushroom you are about to clone.
Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate) is an essential ingredient in the substrate recipes for Oyster and Reishi grow bags.
Contaminations are everywhere, so a Hair Net is necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility.
Hydrated Lime (Calcium Hydroxide or Water Purification Lime) is used to raise alkalinity and used primarily for cold lime soak method of preparation
Not only does a white Lab Coat make you look like you know what you are doing, it also protects your clothes and minimizes contamination risks. Embroidered with "Mushroom Guru" above the top pocket.
Examination Gloves are a must when working with fungi - these are Nitrile and Powder Free
Micro Fibre Cloths are used to pre-clean surfaces with anti bacterial chemicals.
Contaminations are everywhere, so Over Shoes are necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility.
It is necessary to use disposable Paper Towel for surface cleaning.
Parafilm is a plastic paraffin film with a paper backing and is commonly used for sealing or protecting vessels (such as Petri Dishes). It is a ductile, malleable, waterproof, odorless, translucent and cohesive thermoplastic.
Perlite is used:
- to aerate substrates
- to maintain humidity levels
The Petri Dish is used to contain the Nutrient Plate mixture on which a mycelium culture will be grown.
Petri Dishes are sold in a sterilised pack of 10 and sealed in plastic.
The polypropylene tubing is either 250mm or 330mm wide (when flat) and is 70 microns thick. Tubing is used for Oyster hanging bags and sold per meter.
The No. 3 Scalpel Blade Holder is made from stainless steel and the No. 11 Scalpel Blade fits this holder. This is an essential tool and a 'must have'.
The only size we will use is a No. 11 Scalpel Blade. It has a sharp tip and is perfect for cutting wedges from a Petri Dish.
A No. 11 Scalpel Blade is individually wrapped, sold individually, is a sterile carbon steel blade and sterilized by Gamma radiation. This blade fits the No.3 Scalpel Blade Holder.
Vermiculite is used:
- to aerate substrates
- to retain moisture
- to create a casing layer