IMPORTANT S.L.S. ANNOUNCEMENT:

Please send in a request by contact form.

OPEN: Mid December through early January

(orders for spring),

Busy season May 16th through August 18th (place orders for fall)

(Tentatively closed on other dates)

Please write a letter if you are interested in any of these products.

Product requests may take 1-2 business days for response. 

Do you need spawn for a specific date?
We highly recommend ordering early for your entire season's anticipated spawn needs and having us schedule shipments based upon your schedule. This helps us assure spawn availability at the time you need it.
Sawdust spawn stores well up to 6 months refrigerated. 
Please allow 4-8 weeks for fungi orders in scheduling. 
Please note that fungi spawn can be kept for a longer duration by refrigeration.
Please have us schedule ahead shipments for beneficial nematode orders. Thank you!

Nematode Compost - Ask for availability

Special Order Pricing (added shipping and handling)

Compost which contains high amounts of nematodes belonging to various feeding groups, over 10,000 nematodes per pound. The compost supplies the foods meant for sustaining the nematodes.

Since nematode numbers are often fluctuating in compost an assessment must be made with a request before ordering. Please fill out a contact form or email at jason@soillifeservices.com

 

Upon request, a fresh pre-assessment to ordering will be made, studied by the gram which will be assumed frequent in the sample.

Use this compost in an extracted form to pour out.
Nematode extracts are ideally used in a spray form. Passive nematode extraction of compost placed into a vial tends to get better survival than to vigorously extract nematodes. Nematode extracts are also sold for inoculating a larger areas such as a field or compost windrow.

If the 10,000 is per a pound is not able to be supplied in exactly- more compost will be supplied to fulfill the order.

Alive and Active Beneficial Nematodes - Bacterial Feeders or Fungal Feeders Mix

$75.00 + shipping and handling

Our nematodes are not stored for months and months on sticky screens but are kept fresh, alive and active as possible.

(Upon request for larger orders we will make a video showing these are authentic alive and active nematodes just for the customer!) We do not use put to sleep methods on our microbe inoculates (No Potassium sorbate or preservatives).

Beneficial nematodes help protect plant root systems and can remove invasive insect larval pests. The beneficial nematodes are a holistic culture meant to provide the variety of natural functions nematodes do in soil, not to provide an exclusive biocontrol. The container includes fungal feeding or bacterial feeding nematodes and possibly contain predatory nematodes to help complete a full soil food web for long term sustainability. We aim at getting as many beneficial nematode varieties as possible to enable them to adapt to the food resources available in your soil meant for supporting plant nutrient cycling. All the dynamics of feeding an organically grown system need all members of the soil food web active which are often lost to tillage. (If you require fungal feeders, please make a request to see if they are currently available)

Instructions:

For long-term establishment of beneficial nematodes soil building is required. All beneficial nematodes need improved soil structure to remain active in soil and multiplying. Keep soil consistently moist for at least two weeks. Fungal feeding nematodes need fungi and moisture for at least a month.  

Beneficial nematodes will not thrive in compacted or heavily contaminated soil. If soils are contaminated, add humus to tie up the chemicals and a fungal inculcate to remove or hold the toxic compounds. 

In order to remove compaction, please consider adding a quality compost to till in or fungal inoculate adding organic matter to provide the soil biology food. For more information please contact us to develop a soil building plan. 

The beneficial nematodes are from a thoroughly heated, randomly cultured context, and are not isolated specifically for biocontrol. Containers may have some of those species which are capable of soft bodied insect control, among other soil functions (we cannot guarantee all these specific species are inside but we have tested some may be present). Some bacterial feeding nematodes will live in soft bodied insect hosts and will kill these insects within 48 hours if abundant enough in soil. About 20 nematodes can kill a grub. These nematodes do not harm other beneficial insects. Nematodes will easily multiply 50x to 100x given attention to watering. Keep soil 50% moist, about 1 drop of water by squeezing the soil. Our cultures are holistic and meant for inoculating normal abundances of nematode species and richness.

Contains at least 10,000 alive and active nematodes per container. Nematodes do take rests but these are not in their dormant stages- if still it does not mean they are dead (dead nematodes are decomposing). Release 1,000 to 10,000 per acre by spraying. Orders of 30,000 will arrive in larger leak-proof containers.

Sprayers should have at least 1 mm droplet sizes on contact to paper so damages will not occur in full sun.

Do not apply at over 80 psi on contact to soil surfaces. 

These nematodes are produced in the USA, and are best suited for survival in temperate climate. 

Fungi Amendment Starter Kit on Sawdust (3 isolated fungal species included, without compost)

$65 + optional fungal booster kit + shipping and handling

The fungi amendment kit will include 3 species of fungi in sawdust media, Trametes versicolor, Oyster, King Stropharia. 

Other species may be substituted upon request.

 

Lead time 1-2 weeks minimum. Inventory may be ready on hand.

The kit is an amendment for compost. Best used with higher diversity of species of fungi to increase fungal biomass. 

A fungal foods booster kit, an additional $10. (Approx. 1.5 lbs) This helps the fungus regenerate in soil conditions to continue its work improving soil health until the foods are used up. 

Fungal amendments are not meant to act as immediate biocontrol of any species, only to improve soil health and foods. Use according to EPA guidelines.

(Photo is example of fungi regrowing. Compost is not included as shown in the photo)

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

Fungi Amendment Starter Kit on Wood chips (3 isolated fungal species included, without compost)

Ask for Special Order Pricing (add shipping and handling)

The fungi amendment kit will include 3 species of fungi in wood chips media, Trametes versicolor, Oyster, King Stropharia. 

Other species may be substituted upon request.

 

Lead time 2 weeks minimum. 

The kit is an amendment for compost. Best used with higher diversity of species of fungi to increase fungal biomass. Wood chips make a great food base for retaining fungi longer in soils. Fungal foods booster is recommended for great growth!

A fungal foods booster kit, an additional $10. (Approx. 1.5 lbs) This helps the fungus regenerate in soil conditions to continue its work improving soil health until the foods are used up. 

Fungal amendments are not meant to act as immediate biocontrol of any species, only to improve soil health and foods. Use according to EPA guidelines.

(Photo is example of fungi regrowing. Compost is not included as shown in the photo)

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

BULK FUNGI SPAWN - Select Species

QUOTE - ESTIMATE

Order fungi in bulk - follow the link to the Bulk Fungi Request Form

Pricing on quotes may vary until the final purchase order invoice is received. An estimate will be prepared following inquiry on the project.

Order from many other varieties of fungi not listed here on this website. (We can prepare about 60 varieties so far!)

Order in bulk bags or 100 lb bins. 

Optional consulting is available to start a Mycoremediation experiment with our consulting team. For additional consulting, please write out a list of considerations for the project.

Please send a sample of the material which is to be studied- 2 five-gallon pails or 60 lbs. Fees will apply in finding compatible fungi for the medium or chemistry testing.

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

Turkey Tail Fungus (Soil + Glyphosate Repair and Calcium Collector) - approx. 4.5 lb bag

$22.50 + shipping and handling

Currently this product is still being researched for its application in soils, yet there is evidence Turkey tail is known for removing various contaminants in laboratory research. Please read the product research page articles. 

Laboratory data suggests that there is potential in using Trametes versicolor in soils, yet investing needs  to support this evidence from the lab in soils. 

Other fungi may be recommended to pair with Trametes versicolor in its potential. Oyster mushrooms also control root-knot nematodes by producing nematode toxic chemicals. As with other fungi products, no guarantees can be made until research is completed in the field and are sold as applied fungal biomass amendment.

Turkey tail fungus has demonstrated in labs the ability to produce calcium crystals from surrounding immobile calcium. If crystals form these may contribute to clay soils flocculation. 

Adding fungal feeding nematodes, earthworms, and microarthropods also will keep the plants actively getting fungal nitrogen.

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

Approximately 4.5-5 lbs per bag. (Grown on sawdust, wood chips available for additional charge)

Oyster Mushroom - approx. 4.5 lb bag

$22.50 + shipping and handling

A choice edible any morning for fried breakfast!

Oyster mushroom removes a number of biological contaminants Turkey tail will not in lab studies. Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) produce toxic droplets for nematodes (see product research). 

Currently this product needs more research for its applications directly in soils - and we cannot make guarantees until done. Combine sets of fungi to get a more complete soil recovery plan. Fungi will often only grow though soil organic matter and needs foods to jump off onto in the soil.

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

Please write a letter to see our available stocks.

(approx. 4.5 lb - 5 lb bag)

King Stropharia (Stropharia rugosoannulata) - approx. 4.5 lb bag

$22.50 + shipping and handling

Currently this product needs more researching for its applications directly in soils. (See the product research page)

King Stropharia removes biological pollutants in lab studies, is edible and also removes nematodes by leaving a spiky projectile. For more information on how to grow please write a letter.

Combine sets of fungi to get a more complete soil recovery experiment planned. We cannot make guarantees until more field trials are done.

Please write to see our available stocks.

Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for likely successful inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

(Approx. 4.5 lb-5 lb bag)

Beneficial Nematode Rich Woodchips

$30.00/gal, $125/5-gallons bucket

These woodchips are inoculated with pinches of soil from all over the state of Michigan from old growth forests. It will have the higher succession of microbial life associated with older forests, larger fungal-feeding nematodes and predatory nematodes have been seen under the microscope. Each scoop full is rich with thousands or tens of thousands of beneficial nematodes of various morphs. The chips often are found full of visible fungi in a matted cluster.

Add these chips to an already existing woodchip pile to later compost into a very rich substrate often full of nematodes and great productivity.

This pile is aged at least 2 years. The older the chips, the better the compost pile. Worms have been moving through it in much of it.

Sold by the gallon and 5-gallon bucket. 

(Compare to our fungi spawn bag prices...)

These chips have not been composted. Please check with government regulations for your state if shipment is permitted. 

Best used in the Midwest areas because of similar climate and habitats.

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