Darklight and Obtuse

Darklight and Obtuse

Darklight and Obtuse

Mycology- Basic Agar Tek

Learn and share skills around isolating and cloning functionally sterile mushroom tissue.  Build your own mycoculture library! This is a practice- based workshop and requires no prior knowledge. Don't sweat it, this is not rocket science :) Bring your best hand/ eye co-ordination skills and learn the first stages of practical mushroom culture. Take away awesome samples to start your very own culture library. The fruits of this workshop can be used to upscale and grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms and many more species can be cloned and stored at home for further research ( and some tasty feeds ) using the techniques we will teach on the day. Over the last decade, advances in mushroom cultivation made cloning and storage easier- and available to any citzen scientist who has access to a standard kitchen. We'll be focusing on the Rush Wayne Hydrogen Peroxide cloning tek, but there will be other teks taught on the day as well. If you have mycological Mad Skillz already, you're also welcome to attend and share. So many mushroms in Australia are unidentified or unknown to Western Science. So much potential. So many opportunities for everyone to play a part.

Over 20 years at various biology wetlab benches- that's almost 100 cat years- Darklight has learned a few things about replicating cells. She’s worked professionally and extensively with rare, endangered and medicinal plant and fungal species. Some fascinating technologies. And some inspiring people. Some of her tips and tricks can be found at the SAB forums website where she hopes she sounds much grumpier than she is in person.

'Obtuse' has been an avid admirer of fungi and entheogenic plants for over 20 years, and cultivating gourmet fungi for 10.  Beginning with Guerilla teks to capture the mycelium of wild species and store-bought specimens, he underwent university training to study mycology and the finer points of a variety of lab techniques.  He has learnt from and shared experiences on a variety of forums especially SAB's 'Corroboree', and on the Shroomery where he is a "Trusted Identifier".