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Re: Panorama


Paul,
here are some ideas I have regarding this:

In the mushroom growing community, storing spores in water in a syringe
prolongs the life of the spore as it does not collapse and have to rehydrate
after re-sowing.  Not to mention that if it takes 2-3 weeks for a spore to
rehydrate, it's best to do so in sterile water as opposed to agar where it
can eventually become contaminated.

I've also stored mycelium in glycerin and stuck in a deep freezer... of
course this would seem to be a bad idea with tropical tree fern spora.

For long term cultures, or stock cultures, Corn Meal, Yeast and Glucose have
been used... the cultures literally grow so slowly there is a much larger
window for transfers at a later date... perhaps not so useful for spore
storage, but perhaps a way to store germinated spore....

well, thats my 2cents, obviously these would have to be adapted slightly as
I havn't had the time to experiment with such ideas.

Drew
Deep Roots Nursery
www.deeprootsnursery.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "ferns" <ferns@fernfactor.co.nz>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 12:32 AM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Panorama


> Hello
>
> We have now been propogating ferns here in New Zealand for approx ten
years.
> Mainly focusing on our natives but with a few exotics.
> I am finally starting to realize that the spore viability drops off rather
> sharply with some species & always is best to sow fresh.
> With the case that many of our native species only have a window to
collect
> one time of year we have to store for a season doing small regular
sowings.
> Has anyone further looked at the spore storage idea since the article in
> Fern Hort. Past present & Future Perspectives?
> This had reserch on a hydrated spore storage idea on agar.
> I feel we need to develop a better spore storage way if we are to have
> viable spore over a longer period of time.
> Appreciate any thoughts on the above.
>
> Regards
>
> Paul Michael
> Fern Factor
> NZ
>
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  • References:
    • Panorama
      • From: Keith Rogers <kerogers@iprimus.com.au>
    • Re: Panorama
      • From: "ferns" <ferns@fernfactor.co.nz>

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