aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Fri May 15 14:08:09 EDT 2009
My point is not simply to achieve mycorhizal associations, but specific associations with fungi that also produce edible (and preferably delicious) fruiting bodies. Why not make them do double duty? Not only do they benefit the plant, but you also gain a valuable crop, though they can take a decade or more before they start to produce, as in the case of Chanterelles. (My favorite.)
From: Stephen Sadler <Docshiva at Docshiva.org>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:56:48 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mycorrhiza
That’s exactly how I use mycorrhizal inoculants; I add
them after solarizing the soil, to try to establish a presence of beneficial
organisms in the sterilized soil before pathogens can find their way back.
From:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On
Behalf Of Lee Reich
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 8:40 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] mycorrhiza
Alan Haight recently cited a reference by Wiseman and others
that showed some benefit of mycorrhizal inoculation. Two important point emerge
if you read the actual publication:
1. The experiments were conducted in sterilized soil so the
results would not necessarily apply to field soils. Mycorrhizal inoculae
generally exist in sufficient amounts in such soils.
2. The benefits seen from inoculation was not related to the
actual amount of infection seen in roots. Something else may be going on.
Mycorrhizal associations are, no doubt, beneficial to
plants. Deliberate inoculation, especially with commercially available
inoculae, are not necessarily so.
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Landscaping with Fruit
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