- Caine Barlow is a Mycologist and Fungi Educator based in Melbourne, Australia. He gives regular talks on mycology, fungi conservation, and teaches gourmet mushroom cultivation. He is a member of the Australian organisations Entheogenesis Australis, MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology, and The Australian Psychedelic Society. He edited the Australian Entheogenic Compendium (Volume One) and was lead editor of the Entheogenesis Australis 2017 Journal. Caine grew up in the far south of Tasmania, where he started foraging for fungi in the early 90’s. In the mid 00’s he taught himself how to grow gourmet fungi and began applying these skills to fungi conservation, in the process deciding to pursue mycology professionally. He did his Bachelor of Science at the University of Tasmania, and a Master of Science at the University of Melbourne where his research project was based around Conservation Mycology. In addition to fungi, he has had a long term interest in ethnobotany, ethnobotanical literature, and growing medicinal plants - in particular Cacti and Acacias. He is a “Trusted Identifier” on The Shroomery and a moderator on many Facebook fungi groups. Caine posts regularly on LinkedIn and his Instagram, @guerrillamycology, sharing adventures from cultivation, foraging, and ethnomycology, to interesting observations from his home lab.
Magic Mushrooms Explained
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Blue Meanies Mushrooms: A Guide to the Potent Panaeolus cyanescens
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How to Grow Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide
Our comprehensive guide on how to grow mushrooms, from supplies to the best mushroom growing teks for getting started.
How to Make a Spore Print
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How to use Agar in Mushroom Cultivation
Making agar cultures can help with contamination when growing your own mushrooms.
Psilocybe cyanescens: A Mycologist’s Guide to Wavy Caps
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How to Make a Spore Syringe
If you're growing your own mushrooms you'll want to source or make your own spore print—and next, a spore syringe. Here's the 101.
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Mold on Mushrooms: Contamination Tips For Shroom Growers
Finding mold on mushrooms happen to the best of us—here's how to spot different types that may infiltrate your grow.