At the end of the previous process the mass is cooled to 78 degrees F in preparation for spawning. It is mechanically transferred via conveyors to spawn run tunnels.

If Phase I and Phase II have gone well, the substrate is suitable for the selective growth of mushroom mycelium.

The spawn must be mixed carefully with the compost so that the spawn points are distributed as evenly as possible throughout the mass. This spawn is made in a special laboratory and the host seed is usually millet or rye grain that has been sterilized so that it does not germinate but provides a food source for the mushroom mycelium. The spawn growing process takes place over the next two weeks during which time a massive network of mycelia threads transform the substrate into the cornerstone for a successful mushroom crop.

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