Tim
Matt- the spore bag dispersal thing was created by some retailers trying to make a few extra bucks claiming they had special spore dispersal bags that would ensure future harvests. No matter how much evidence that mesh bags don't help in spore dispersal, some will never beleive otherwise.
The spores are incredibly tiny, and the odds of one landing, germinating, growing, meeting a compatible mycellium, fusing, and survining to reproduce are incredibly remote. Mushroom reproduction is not just male/female. There are hundreds of permutations possible. Compatabiltiy issues are very complex. It's not like planting a seed in a garden at all. Many people think it is that simple. Many never read anything beyond local reports, internet discussion boards, or talk among fellow mushroom hunters. They never once open a science book or other such source to learn the Morel life cycle in detail. Keep an open mind.
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Pat
Please, please remember this year not to use plastic, paper bags or baskets for your hunting. ONLY use mesh bags (onion, orange, potato).
They return spores to the ground and keep your mushrooms fresher longer.
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Tim
There is no scientific evidence to back up this claim. According to one of the most prominent Morel researchers, Tom Volk, most of the spores have been relased by the time a Morel is large enough to pick. Mesh bags do allow for air circulation to keep Morels fresh though.
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mushroom matt
I agree with you tim,I have seen no scientific evidence to back that statement either.I have heard this for years,but personally I don't believe it.Spores that are left in a mushroom that may have not been dropped at time of harvest,can float out of a bucket,yes they may fall out of a bag easier but they will get out of a bucket as well.I have used buckets my whole life and as far as i'm concerned I am not hurting the guys down the road a bit.Spores can float a long long way,or they can go a short distance,my areas have been very strong since I was a kid,and the neighbors have been the same,so what would lead me to believe I need to carry a sack.This is just a friendly argument if you can convince me otherwise please do.I certainely don't know everything.
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JoeinMT
Tim: So what do you suggest for info, or book on this subject?

spawner~
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Jon in IL
try mushroomexpert.com there is a whole bunch of stuff on that website. i agree that a mesh bag isnt going to help much, think about it, when you pick the mushroom, there will be spores on your hand, and pants and shirt, shoes, socks, hat, hair, etc. If you are like me, once in a while i even blow the shroom off before throwing it in the bag, usually to blow off dirt, I'm probably spreading spores to maine doing that too.
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Tim
Morel spores, as well as just about all other mushroom spores are TINY. Magnified 1000x (one thousand times), they are barely as wide as the lines that make up the text you are reading. It doesn't take much of an air current to get them flying. They are so light that if you have them in a mesh bag, most if not all would dry out far prior to landing on the ground, and even if they do land on the ground, it would have to be very quickly and a perfect location. They don't have any where near the weight to fall through the mesh bags and to the ground. Just think of all the spores from fungi that are floating all around you as you sit reaing this. There are probably hundreds of thousands of spores in the room you are sitting in, and perhaps some may be from Morels. That is how light they are.
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Erin
So using a mesh bag can't hurt, but only help and the cost is about @ bucks at Walmart.
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Jon
Yeah, using mesh bags can't hurt, but you know what, I don't have any and I'm not going to BUY them. That is why I have a whole butt load of plastic bags from walmart, cub foods, farm and fleet, etc. and by the time i get out of the woods they look like mesh bags anyway. I'm sorry I just really do not see a point in using mesh bags. When you pick your shrooms do you blow dirt and stuff off of them? Hey there you go just as good as a mesh bag.
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Jim
There's no proof that it helps nor is there proof that it dose not help, so why not use a mesh bag just in case it helps. Any advantage we get when it comes to morels is worth it. Besides you don't have to buy on just save a bag that you get when you buy onions oranges grapefruit etc. just put it in your pocket it's alot easier than carring a pail around also they are a hell of a lot stronger than the plastic grocery bags. So what the heck you have nothing to lose and you might just seed a morel for next year.
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Lou Hsu
At http://www.unicornbags.com, you'll see a special petri dish system to collect mushroom tissue culture in the wild.
Lou Hsu
unicornbag@aol.com
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yoster
paper bags please
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yoster
reason I use paper lunch bags.

Don't beat up the shrooms like draggin that mesh bag thru de brush which gets caught on everything.

Once bag is full there is never too much too crush the shrooms. it then goes in my backpack.

If there is bugs or ants in the morels they don't end up crawlin all over me like that darn mesh bag.

I believe mesh bags were created as something new to sell.

When walking back to car and open I'm not showin everybody what I have or is doin.

I have used mesh bags and find they are only good for the laundry!!

My paper bags I put under the leaves in closer areas by the house by the rite trees. Totally biodegradable.

I do believe there are plenty of spores in the morels when you pick em. Look at the bottom of your dehydrator.


yoster opinyun only
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woofer
next time your at your local grocery store, grab several of the small paper mushroom bags with handles that they have sitting next to their mushrooms. These work really good.
I also like to use one of the plastic convienece baskets for chanterelles and matsutake in the fall, they can hold a whole bunch of mushrooms, have some holes in case some spores do fall through, They have lots of room for all your knives, cameras and brushes and are easy to carry..
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Stumpjumper
 Im a believer in mesh bags. Yes theres no proof, but fact is, you're spreading more spores using a mesh bag than when you seal them up in paper or plastic. Some of them will grow. Not in 1 year, but maybe 3 years a morel will sticj its head out.
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