Fungus dryers

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Simon Horsnall
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Fungus dryers

Post by Simon Horsnall » Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:08 am

I think for next season, I should be a little more thorough in drying some of my finds to give me time to work on them before the inevitable moulds set in. My current Heath Robinson approach (an old plant propagator containing an egg tray) tends to give uneven results, I think because there is little air circulation around the bottom of the fruit body.

Is there anything particular I should be looking for in a food dehydrator that makes them particularly useful for fungus drying or are they pretty much-of-a-muchness?

SImon

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Re: Fungus dryers

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:50 pm

I don't use one, but the few that I have seen being used for fungi sample drying have not been anything special - just standard food dehydrators set at fairly low temperatures so as not to begin to cook/burn the specimens.

There is some general information within these articles: -

http://website.nbm-mnb.ca/mycologywebpa ... study.html

http://sweetgum.nybg.org/science/projec ... trated.pdf

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Re: Fungus dryers

Post by Simon Horsnall » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:49 pm

Thanks Mike. Those links look really interesting. Will have to read the second one in more detail at some point.

Simon

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