Agrocybe aegerita

Agrocybe aegerita

  • Pioppino
  • Black Poplar Mushroom
Scientific Classification
Kindom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes

Genus: Agrocybe
Species: Aegerita

Agrocybe aegerita has a mellow and attractive flavor when young. Agrocybe aegerita grows prolifically on deciduous wood debris, often forming large clusters - both in nature and in the controlled environment of the growing room. This species is an excellent candidate for stump recycling, especially in the southeastern Uninted States.

  • Spore print: brown
  • Mycelium: longitudinally linear, becoming cottony, usually not aerial. White at first, soon becoming spotted brown, and eventually tan brown. Primordia usually form on malt extract agar.)

Cultivation[edit | edit source]

Ostreatus is industrially cultivated edible mushroom and although they are of the easiest mushrooms to cultivate, they are considered a gourmet mushroom.

Parameters[edit | edit source]

Spawn run

  • Temperature: 70-80° F (21-27° C)
  • Humidity: 95-100%
  • Duration: 20-28 days
  • CO2: >20,000 ppm
  • Light reqs: n/a

Primordia Formation

  • Temperature: 50-60° F (10-15.6° C)
  • Humidity: 95-100%
  • Duration: 7-14 days
  • CO2: <2000 ppm
  • Light reqs: 500-1000 lux
  • FAEs: 4-8 per hour

Fruit body Development

  • Temperature: 50-60° F (10-21° C)
  • Humidity: 95-100%
  • Duration: 7-14 days
  • CO2: <2000 ppm
  • Light reqs: 500-1000 lux
  • FAEs: 4-8 per hour

Substrates[edit | edit source]

This species can be fruited on supplemented oak and alder sawdust/chips. Willow, poplar, cottonwood, and maple also support substantial fruitings.

Casing[edit | edit source]

This mushroom benefits from the application of a 1/2 inch casing directly onto the top surface layer of mycelium. However, if a condensing fog environment is provided, combined with high turbulence, an even plane of primordia can form absent any casing layer.

Natural Habitat[edit | edit source]

This species figures as one of the best for recycling stumps in the humid southeastern Uninted States. The willow-populated swamps of Louisiana seem like an ideal setting for the deliberate cultivation of A. aegerita. Regions of Chile, Japan, and the far East, as well as southern Europe have coincident weather patterns that should support growth.

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