Adding spores

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By Richard Warren (Tex) on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 01:03 am:

I have started incubation on my jars. It's been about 3 weeks and not a whole lot has happened. In fact close to nothing has happened. What I think the poblem is is that the spores I injected the jars with were a little old. I'm wondering if it would hurt if i injected fresh spores of a different species into the jars. It's a question I've been wondering for a while. I didn't know if they would battle each other and ruin everything or if one would just grow faster than the other and not harm anything.

By Martaxus (Martaxus) on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 02:33 am:

I take that to mean that the spores have germinated and there are visable white spots of mycellium?

I've read that mixing species is not a good thing. Also, just to rule out other possible problems in those jars, I'd use your other spores in fresh jars.

By Hatcher (Hatcher) on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 04:46 am:

Different races reportedly will battle. But if you haven't had any germination in three weeks, you're probably not going to, and it would probably be OK, I'd guess..

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 02:17 pm:

if nothing grew, i'd start new jars as the spores were prolly not 'too old' unless they are several years old.

By Ron (Clubbenguy) on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 05:02 am:

I just wouldnt chance wasting your fresh spores on possibly contaminated cakes. I know its a hassle to make fresh jars, but its worth your time to. Are u sure your cakes were cool when you injected your spores???? Cool outside can still mean hot inside and that may have killed the spores before they had a chance to germinate.

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