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Micro worm cultures getting moldy

It seems any time I get a micro worm culture going strong it inevitably ends up with mold in it. I just split my culture last weekend and last night I realized the new container had so much mold it was not salvageable and I found a couple of spots in the original culture too (I scooped out the visible mold and threw it away). Now that it has mold spores I'm not optimistic.

Has anyone figured out how to keep their micro worm culture mold-free? I do have vented container lids but that doesn't seem to be helping.

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I would not say is always mold free cause sometimes i just pass the cultures like once a month &#x1f628; but for me if i use corn flour it lasts longer than if i use normal flour. It eventually grows mold but is it takes a lot longer and it does not smell bad as fast. Nor sure if it helps...

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I would not say is always mold free cause sometimes i just pass the cultures like once a month &#x1f628; but for me if i use corn flour it lasts longer than if i use normal flour. It eventually grows mold but is it takes a lot longer and it does not smell bad as fast. Nor sure if it helps...
Thanks CT_Ram, I'll give this a try.

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Yeah, stuff like this is highly prone to mold growth. Trichoderma, being probably your biggest culprit, loves things like brown rice flour, rye flour, etc., and a nice humid environment. The problem too with trichoderma is that it sends out so many dang spores, as soon as you open a container, you've sent those spores airborne and you'll find your other cultures contaminated quickly. Trichoderma is already everywhere, so there's not much you can do. Eventually, cultures will contaminate out unless they're being kept in a clean room.
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