Cordyceps militaris cultures and research remains one of our main areas of focus at MushroomLife.
Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi that may contain more than 1,000 species. Most Cordyceps are endoparasitic, meaning they live and feed on (parasitize) insects and other arthropods. These entomopathogens are endlessly fascinating and, we believe, deserving of study and worthy of more focused research.
Our first commercial Cordyceps militaris strain, number 003, which Michael found in Pennsylvania and cloned in the laboratory, was used in North America’s first ever Cordyceps Cultivation Farm. Since then, the popularity of Cordyceps farming has exploded across the nation. Yet Mushroomlife's Cordyceps militaris genetics, freshly collected each year from the wild, still continue to be the first choice for Cordyceps mushroom growers everywhere.
Our most popular strain ever, Cordyzilla achieved wild success in cultivation and garnered international exposure from entomopathogen enthusiasts across the globe. Cordyceps militaris 011, also known as Cordyzilla, is Mushroomlife's infamous 10-headed Cordyceps. The Cordyzilla genetic lineage displays vigorous growth patterns under a variety of growth conditions, and contains multiple stroma, a cultivator's dream. Both Cordyzilla and its insect host underwent DNA barcoding. Cordyzilla's unique genetic sequence has been uploaded to GenBank and is available to view online now.
Hundreds of species of Cordyceps are currently known to science, yet given that 91,000 species of insects have been documented in the United States alone, odds are there must be many more undocumented Cordyceps in existence as well. There is still so much more to learn and discover about these fascinating fungal parasites.