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    Culturing Trichoderma

    Hey guys. I have no idea where to put this.

    Has anyone ever tried culturing Trichoderma in a jar as one would culture mushrooms like Shitake or Oyster or something? I'm kindly being sent some Trichoderma granules for my new cephalotus and I was told they can be cultured on cornmeal. Plain or self rising? Lol, really though has anyone got any tips on this? And do I need to keep a strictly sterile seeding area for the spores, considering it's a fungus that preys on other fungi?

    Can they be grown in a "mushroom cake" sort of fashion, or should it be cultured flat?


    Now then.. dun dun duuuuuun. If I do culture it, and innoculate other plants with the fungi, and those plants/pots have been sprayed with something like hydrophilic neem oil in the past, would that zap the fungi right then and there, or does fungicide like neem oil have residual effects but eventually break down again?

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    Just a quick warning (though it seems every time I give this I get snarked at) Trichoderma produce a toxin that is quite nasty (it is actually classified as a potential bio-weapon) so be careful when working with it.

    Now, that out of the way, what advice I can give is this. I have never cultured Trichoderma but I imagine, based on what you have outlined, that it is akin to "raising" slime moulds. Your best bet cornmeal wise would be the plain kind, the self-raising will have yeast in it which might make for problems as yeast are prolific monkies. I do not hink Trichoderma are "predatory" I believe they just form a symbiotic relationship with plants and thereby protect from pathogenic fungi. So I'd try to keep the culture as clean as possible, yet another reason to avoid yeast.

    Don't know about caking or flat so I would suggest you try one of each and see which does better.

    Neem should break down over time but if you are worried about it you can always repot in fresh media and innoculate that.
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    here is a good article on Trichoderma

    yeah I know, everyone is getting tired of me singing the praises of benficial bacteria and fungi



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    Holy hell a bioweapon?

    I'm gonna get busted by the feds for this lmao.

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    I believe the quantities needed to make a bio-weapon are rather prohibitive to the average joe or they would not allow it to be sold to the public I was just more worried about the possibility of accidental self infection/intoxication
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    where do you get this stuff........i remember Joe talking about it when he was on the forum more........been meaning to try it with some of my orchids and such
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    I use ampacbiotech.net's product, it is a cold loving trich and has a much higher spore count then rootshield's products

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    if its cold loving it aint going to like my dart frog tanks
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