Sterilization is the act of rendering all of the lifeforms in a substrate inviable.
Common Types of SterilizationEdit
- Steam sterilization, a type of heat sterilization using steam and pressure, is commonly used in mushroom cultivation as a way to sterilize agar and spawn substrates.
- Flame sterilization is usually used to sterilize hard metal implements such as scalpels and inoculation loops.
- Chemical sterilization, the use of destructive chemicals to kill living organisms, is commonly used only for as a supplementary sterile technique for surfaces and containers.
Other methods which are not commonly used in mycology are gas, ultraviolet and radioactive sterilization.