Group training on substrate and mushroom production


Fed up with the internet overload of information on wood fungi?


Over the past 20 years, more than 350 growers have joined our training centre. Why? Because there is an overwhelming quantity of information on the internet, but the difference between true and false information is hard to tell.

In only 5 days you will learn everything you need to start or improve your mushroom business. Training in cooperation with Jürgen Kynast, Director of Substratproduktion Kynast-Löcke.

We welcome existing and would-be growers to this in-depth course.

 

Course details

Next edition: Autumn 2020
Fee: 1180 EUR/ participant
Location: Mycelia’s premises, Veldeken 27 9850 Deinze, Belgium

 

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Program

Day 1

08:30 - 08:40

Welcome and practical briefing

 

08:40 - 09:30

Parallel session: Introduction 

 

     25 min

     Group 1: Quiz slides

Jan Van Nuffel

     25 min

     Group 2: Mycelia floor plan and visit to the premises

Kasper Moreaux

09:30 - 10:00

Coffee break

 

10:00 - 11:30

First introduction to substrate production: components, mixing, humidification, filling, bag closing, sterilization, cooling, spawning, incubation, growing systems

Jürgen Kynast

11:30 - 12:30

Parallel session: Practical tests

 

      30 min

     Group 1: Agar preparation (production of agar media, test with petridishes: testing hands and air)

Pascale Vergeyle & Hélène Ntimba

      30 min

Group 2: Design your own substrate

Kasper Moreaux

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

 

13:30 - 14:30

Biology part I: General biology, role of enzymes

Magda Verfaillie

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break

 

15:00 - 16:00

Parallel session: Production lab research

 

   20 min

     Group 1: Applied research

Mihály Vidacs

    20 min

     Group 2: Visit to technical floor with overpressure units

Magda Verfaillie

    20 min

     Group 3: Pouring agar under LAF

Hélène Ntimba

16:00 - 17:00

Biology part II: Bacteria and fungi (bacteria: cell structure and multiplication, perfect and imperfect Fungi: classification and life cycle)

Magda Verfaillie


Day 2

08:30 - 09:00

Quiz

Magda Verfaillie

09:00 - 12:30

Parallel session: Ingredients and consumables

 

   60 min

     Group 1: Practical substrate preparation in Mycelia’s workshop (selection of ingredients, filling of mixer, addition of water, examples of filling and mixing machines, pH and dry matter measurement)

Jean Meirlaen & Pascale Vergeyle

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

 


 60 min

     Group 2: Improving the structure of substrates (determination of water- and air-filled pores; characteristics and role of different additives: wood chips, wood shavings, etc; examples of substrate formulations on paper)

Jürgen Kynast

60 min

     Group 3: Demonstration of incubating substrates (good and bad examples, discussion)

Kasper Moreaux

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

 

13:30 - 15:00

Dealing with micro-organisms in substrate production:  presence of propagules in the air, cleanroom classes, air quality control, use of LAF, use of overpressure, rules of conduct

Magda Verfaillie

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

 

15:30 - 16:30

Biological approach of different production stages: incubation, ripening, fructification

Jürgen Kynast

16:30 - 17:00

Incubation and ripening phases: climate conditions, temperature vs. time

Jürgen Kynast

 

Day 3

08:30 - 10:00

Pests and diseases: prevention and solutions

Jürgen Kynast

10:00 - 10:40

Spawn: spawn production and spawn quality, spawn testing, transport and conservation

Magda Verfaillie

10:40 - 11:00

Coffee break

 

11:00 - 12:30

Autoclaving process: theory on steam production and heat transfer, correct autoclaving procedure, F- value, what happens in the substrate bags?

Jürgen Kynast

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

 

13:30 - 15:30

Parallel session: Practical inoculation, machinery

 

40 min

     Group 1: Practical substrate inoculation in Mycelia’s technical lab (essentials of small-scale production inoculation, particle counting and air speed measurement)

Jürgen Kynast & Magda Verfaillie

40 min

     Group 2: Practical substrate inoculation in Mycelia’s cleanroom (essentials of large-scale production inoculation)

Kasper Moreaux & Hélène Ntimba

40 min

     Group 3: Autoclaves and steam generator (practical use of steam, valve and sterilisation cycle schematics)

Pascale Vergeyle

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

 

16:15 - 17:00

Theory of pasteurization process

Jürgen Kynast


Day 4

08:30 - 09:20

Production technics: cooling and heating, racks and shelves

Jürgen Kynast

09:30 - 10:30

Breathing bags: techniques and gas exchange

Jan Van Nuffel

10:30 - 10:50

Coffee break

 

10:50 - 11:50

Parallel session

 

30 min

     Group 1: Construction and maintenance of laminar air flows (filter types, practicalities, dangers, practical review of LAF’s, build and efficiency)

Kasper Moreaux

30 min

     Group 2: Cleanroom consumables and dressing procedure

Magda Verfaillie

11:50 - 13:00

Fructification techniques: aeration systems, humidification systems, hygiene in fructification room, harvesting, mushroom quality, post-harvest care, spent substrate)

Jürgen Kynast

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

 

14:30 - 15:15

Fructification phase: determination of best climate conditions

Jürgen Kynast

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

 

30 min

     Group 3: Make the layout of a substrate annex mushroom production farm

Jürgen Kynast

16:00 - 16:45

Building technics: construction materials, water supply, waste water, electricity, energy efficiency)

Jürgen Kynast

16:45 - 17:00

Evaluation of Petri dishes made on day 1

 


Day 5

06:30

Meeting outside the B&B De Steenhove

06:45 - 09:00

Drive to Verbruggen Paddenstoelen

09:00 - 12:00

Visit to Verbruggen Paddenstoelen: Pleurotus substrate producer and grower

12:00 - 12:40

Drive to Paddestoelenrijk

12:40 - 14:00

Lunch break – lignicolous mushroom tasting, delivery of USB stick and certificate and closing of the course

14:00 - 16:00

Visit to the Paddestoelenrijk: grower of various types of lignicolous mushrooms

16:00 - 18:30

Drive back to Belgium


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Additional info

Fee 

  • 1180 EUR/ participant, ex VAT, board and lodging not included.
  • Students get 20% discount.

 

Included are

  • Bread lunch Monday until Thursday, at De Steenhove. The last lunch, on Friday at the growers' visitors' center, is also included.
  • Welcome evening and dinner on Monday night, with visit to the beautiful city of Gent.
  • Transport to and back from the dutch growers.

 

Payment

Your registration is only confirmed after the payment.
You can pay by bank transfer or credit card.

 

Refunding

  • Cancellation 15 days before the training start date: 100% refunding, minus bank costs.
  • Cancellation 15 days after the training start date: 50% refunding, minus bank costs.

 

March 9 - March 13, 2020