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MUSHROOM CULTIVATION COURSE + DNA Barcoding Course (in english)


Dive into the fascinating world of fungi with our 2-day Comprehensive Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with world known expert William Padilla Brown. Designed for enthusiasts, gardeners, and aspiring mycologists, this hands-on course will guide you through the art and science of growing mushrooms at home. Whether you're looking to cultivate for culinary delights, sustainable gardening, or just for fun, this workshop offers a thorough understanding and practical skills to get you started.



February 17-18


2 days



Beginner to Intermediate

What You'll Learn:

- Day 1: Foundations and Preparations

  - Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation: Discover the benefits and applications of growing mushrooms.

  - Making Agar Plates & Liquid Culture: Learn how to prepare the essential starting materials for healthy mycelium growth.

  - Grain Spawn Preparation: Get hands-on experience preparing the primary growth medium for your mushrooms.

- Day 2: Expansion and Application

  - Expanding Grain Spawn: Master the techniques to expand your mycelium on grain substrates.

  - Utilizing Organic Waste: Explore innovative methods to grow mushrooms on straw, coffee grounds, corn cobs, wood chips, and brewery grain fines.

  - Monitoring and Harvesting: Understand how to care for your growing mushrooms and when to harvest them.

Features of the Workshop:

- Expert Instruction: Learn from experienced cultivators with a passion for teaching.

- Interactive Demonstrations: See each step in action and get your questions answered in real-time.

- Hands-On Practice: Apply what you've learned by making your own agar plates, liquid cultures, and inoculating substrates.

- Resource Materials: Receive comprehensive notes and resources to continue your cultivation journey at home.

- Networking: Connect with fellow mushroom enthusiasts and build a community of support.

Who Should Attend:

This course is perfect for anyone interested in sustainable agriculture, home gardening, or the culinary arts. No prior experience is needed, just a curiosity about mushrooms and a desire to learn!

Safety and Preparedness:

All participants will be briefed on safety, especially when handling sterile equipment and organic materials. We prioritize a safe and supportive learning environment.

Join Us:

Embark on a mycological adventure and unlock the secrets of mushroom cultivation. Spots are limited to ensure a personalized learning experience, so reserve yours today and take the first step into the vast and rewarding world of mushrooms! Lunches (facultative): 30 € x 2 lunches




DNA Barcoding Course

Join us for an immersive DNA barcoding workshop. This one-day intensive course is designed to introduce participants to the fascinating world of DNA barcoding and its applications in biodiversity studies, conservation, and scientific research. Through a hands-on approach, you'll learn how to collect samples from various organisms like common plants, fungi, insects, and algae, and then extract DNA using state-of-the-art methods.

When: February 16 (afternoon)


4 Hours



William Padilla Brown

Key Features of the Workshop:

- Learning how to select and handle specimens for barcoding. Participants are requested to bring a sample from their own place, possibly a mushroom

- Rapid DNA Extraction: Get hands-on experience with DPX™ DNA Extraction Buffer, a revolutionary tool that simplifies DNA extraction, providing PCR-ready DNA in just 10 minutes without the need for centrifugation or toxic solvents.

- PCR Amplification Mastery: Learn the intricacies of setting up a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) using EZ PCR Master Mix, and understand the thermal cycling process including denaturation, annealing, and extension phases using a mini PCR machine.

- Gel Electrophoresis Demonstration: Visualize your PCR products using the blueGel™ electrophoresis system, gaining insights into interpreting results and troubleshooting common issues.

- Data Analysis and Sharing: Conclude the workshop by learning how to upload your findings to NCBI BLAST/GenBank, contributing to a global database and learning how to analyze genetic information.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is ideal for students, researchers, educators, and anyone interested in genetics, conservation, or biodiversity. Whether you're new to the field or looking to expand your practical skills in molecular biology, this workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to DNA barcoding techniques.

What You'll Gain:

- Hands-on Experience: From field collection to lab analysis, engage in every step of the DNA barcoding process.

- Understanding of DNA Barcoding: Gain a solid understanding of how DNA barcoding is revolutionizing species identification and ecological research.

- Technical Skills: Learn to use cutting-edge tools and techniques for DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.

- Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals and professionals in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

Join us for a day of learning, discovery, and networking. Immerse yourself in the world of DNA barcoding and leave with the knowledge and skills to contribute to scientific research and biodiversity conservation.


80 €



Mushroom cultivation course + DNA Barcoding course, 16-17-18 february : 280 €

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