So I was gifted a folded piece of paper containing a lot of spores from wild collected cubensis that a friend found while in Brazil a few years ago. He has a passion for mushrooms and has grown quite a few in his time. He still dabbles but wasn't going to do anything with these spores so they came my way and I'm pretty darn excited about trying to get them going. I do have a grow log I started but I feel this probably warrants a thread on it's own. All the detail I can provide is that he collected them and printed them to the paper a few years ago and they've been sitting in this paper folded in a book for a few years. The spores have all come loose in the folded paper but there is A LOT of spores in there. I have absolutely no idea if they're viable or not and logically it would make the most sense to try get them going on agar first. Now, I've just started dabbling in agar and have done my very first agar work in the past few days. I currently have 8 petri dishes with attempts at clones going and have about 18 unused, poured petri dishes in my fridge. I just used a very standard recipe of 10g agar agar, 15g MEA and 500ml distilled water. I have been slowly going through various threads on agar work and am learning much and the scope for experimenting is quite amazing. From what I have noticed there are different recipes for different things and was wondering if there is a particular recipe that I should use for a project such as this (old, probably contaminated spores...)? Or should I just give it a go with MEA agar plates I have ready and see how things go. Another useful piece of information is that I do have access to a laminar flow cabinet for this work which should help quite a bit.
I look forward to seeing this through and hopefully (with the help of all the awesome people on here) getting these guys fruiting.