Volume 12 Part 2 Article 31: Evaluation of Shiitake Log Inoculation Techniques

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 31
Year 1989
Title: Evaluation of Shiitake Log Inoculation Techniques
Authors: H. Van T. Cotter and T. Flynn


Shiitake [Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler] cultivation on natural logs is becoming an important agricultural activity in the Appalachian region of the United States. The Appalachian region has an abundance of oak (Quercus spp.) forests, a suitable climate for shiitake cultivation, and is near major population centers of the eastern United States.

The primary method of inoculating shiitake logs used in the Appalachian region is drill hole inoculation using hand drills. After spawn is placed in the drilled holes, they are sealed with wax or with plastic plug inserts. Other methods of inoculation have been described which involve inoculation of log ends (San Antonio and Banners, 1983; Steineck, 1984).

The purpose of the research presented herein was to evaluate different methods of shiitake log inoculatian, especially for their effect on yield. Two experiments were set up, one to compare drill hole inoculation with inoculation of log ends and chain saw kerfs and another to test the feasibility of inoculating standing girdled trees.

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