Where this chat conversation came from was an idea I had for germinating spores on a standard nutrient level agar and then stepping down with each transfer in nutrients to see if I could force a stone to grow on the agar quicker or easier and then clone that stone to then take back to a grain jar such as white rice or a corn jar with white rice courtly ground as the first food source
Another thought I had thrown around was making a deeper non nutrient agar jar and dropping a piece of hydrated corn so it is submerged completly to one side of the agar. as one of the step down transfers Place the transfer to one side of jar and let the mycelium find the corn to see if you can force a stone to grow. Thought being let the myc spend energy finding the low nutrient corn and then decide to use the space between the agar and the corn to start building a stone. Stones form between corn in corn spawn jars and also against the glass. This would give the space between the corn and the glass and the corn and the agar.
Lastly thinking on the way to work this morning of the grows I have done with the one coir based substrate and the jar attempts. The coir based sub produced a large stone and the corn based jars produced many pebble size of low potancy. This led me to the thought of the weight or compactness of the soil effects the size. Was it hippie3 that did the spawn bags tight full of grain? I think the coir based substrate mimicked the more natural soil structure.
Use something to the grain isolation tek and colonize one layer of corn in a jar. Then give it a layer of brf or other substrate to get the myc running and the a thick casing layer for the stones to grow in and then eventually fruit out the top while the stones are aging. Harvest the fruit bodies and then let the stones age more as the substrate starts to dry out forcing the stones to start bulking up thinking it’s time to preserve its self since there are no longer proper fruiting conditions.
Edited by PsyBearknot, 27 July 2018 - 07:49 AM.