The Mushroom Club

TRY GROWING YOUR OWN MOLDS IN A MOIST CHAMBER!!!


The material that supports the growth of a fungus is called its substrate.   A commercially prepared medium like potato agar is one kind of substrate, but any organic material can be used. 

moist chamber

The simplest method of growing molds is to put a substrate like bread in a moist chamber. The substrate provides nutrients, and the chamber maintains the high humidity that favors the growth of fungi.  Placing a slice of bread, fruit or vegetable, or a leaf in a plastic sandwich bag is a simple way to use this method.  The small plastic bag must have a tie, a fold-over top or another way of sealing it.  Mold growth should be visible after 3 to 5 days.  If you want to try this experiment, follow the directions below. 

You will need the following items:

Making the moist chambers

Questions to help design experiments


Exit Last update: 16 Feb 99. © 1999, Robert Fogel, Ivins, UT 84738. Edited by Patricia Rogers.