So... I'm going to rough out the concept of an experiment here, and I'd appreciate it if you guys could help me shore it up by picking it apart! Tell me why it won't work so I'll know where to focus my efforts.
I am planning to use PeaceFrog's isolation tek described here:Cloning/Isolation/Testing
to identify and isolate a culture demonstrating similar characteristics as this one encountered by cigarsam
Assuming I succeed in that or once I have decided I am as close as I am likely to get, the next phase would be producing a significant volume of liquid culture.
At this point my plan is to spike the nutrient content of the liquid medium which is suspending the culture and pour the entire solution into a shallow tray (1/4 to 1/2in deep) to which I will add enough vermiculite or coir to absorb all of the standing fluids and immediately place the tray into fruiting conditions.
My goal is to produce a minimal substrate capable of rapid maturation / fruit formation using as little resources as possible, so that the fruits can be harvested early in development by simply crumbling the thin layer of substrate, screening out the pins and disposing of the rest of the material.
Ideally, the length of time spent consolidating and pinning would be near the same as that of spawning the liquid culture for the next round.
What do you guys think?