This room is located between the two plant-growing areas (greenhouse and growth room) and is the main entry into either of these rooms. As a consequence, any nonsterile soil is prohibited in this area.
Low benches provide areas to prepare packages for shipment (inocula are sealed in
zip-loc bags in the prep room first), record culture data, or other mundane activities.
Select any room to see procedures used in that location.
Pots are not manipulated in any way until contents are dry, at which time they
are moved to the prep room for bagging (and subsequent storage) or reseeding (to
keep fungi in culture growing). Before storage in this room, all materials are
cleaned and wiped free of dust. To clean floors, wet mops are used rather than
brooms to minimize air-borne dust particles.
When cultures are ready to harvest, they are first moved to shelves in this room so they are not exposed to artificial or natural light and pot contents can dry slowly (14-20 days, depending on pot size). Shelves are wiped down with a germicidal soap each time there is a change of pots.