Spore Syringes. What are they?
If you're new to mycology and aren't sure what a spore syringe even is, have no fear. They're not much of a mystery, really. But, while they are a simple mixture of water and mushroom spores, the process of putting the solution in them is considerably less straightforward and requires a methodical approach in order to consistently produce contaminant-free samples. To do this, special equipment such as laminar flow hoods, autoclaves, magnetic stir plates, centerfuges, and other equipment may be used to achieve quality results. Lucky for you, we do all that for you! In the end though, a spore syringe is a CLEAN sample of just mushroom spores and water in a syringe. Individually the mushroom spores are invisible to the naked eye, but as they clump together they become visible. However, don't be fooled into thinking that just because there are no clumps, that there are no spores. It is a common misconception that the darker the spore syringe, the better. For a variety of reasons, this is simply not true. The true measure of quality when it comes to syringes isn't how MANY spores are in there, it's how FEW becterium there are! Remember that!