There are two main reason for making a spore print; to identify the species of a particular fungus; or, to propagate the spores in order to create a new strain of a selected species.
Identifying fungi from morphology alone can be very difficult. By determining the characteristics of the spores you are better able to categorise a specimen. This can be as simple as observing the colour of the spores from a spore print or you could view the spores under microscope to determine their size and shape.
If you are taking spores to culture a new strain a few more precautions are necessary to limit the risk of contamination.
- zip lock bag
- Carefully cut the cap from the stipe.
- Place the cap on a piece of tin foil (or other contrasting surface).
- Cover the cap with glass or bowl
- Leave 12 to 24 hours. Remove the cap.
- Carefully fold the print in half and then fold in the edges before placing into a sealable plastic bag