I've become increasingly interested in Fungi identification over the years. I do love eating mushrooms, but I'd like to ID mushrooms more as a hobby. I am fascinated by Fungi, and really want to do this for personal enjoyment, and relaxation. My question is what equipment, and chemicals are recommended to do this properly? I realize there are many chemicals. I guess I'm more interested in field testing. So in line with that last statement, what would be a practical assortment(equipment, and chemicals)to bring along in my truck? What power microscope, what power loop, and chemical, and reagent kits would be beneficial? Basically everything an amateur mycologist may bring with them on a fungi ID trip.
Mandatory Needs for Correct Mushroom Identification
Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:21 AM
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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:37 AM
Microscope with multiple objectives - 10x, 40x, and a 100x oil immersion objective.
Cargille immersion oil - type B. This is a high-viscosity immersion oil for your 100x objective.
You'll also want various stains. I use methylene blue for staining the walls of dead cells. You can use eocyn y for staining internal cellular structures. Both of these stains are very popular with folks who work with yeast.
Pipettes and pipette pumps - disposable or re-usable - can be pretty handy.
I also like to keep some graduated conical-tipped centrifuge tubes for diluting samples and such.
A nice test-tube rack is very useful for keeping your samples and solutions lined up for easy access.
Keep calm and love science!
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