[NAFEX] mychorizal fungal rip off?

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 21 13:29:22 EDT 2009

I think you are right on the money with that. However, tree plantations that have been sprayed with fungicides may need to have their fungal flora reintroduced. Personally, I like to innoculate trees at planting time with edible species of mycorhizae. If they take I not only get healthier trees, but an understory crop of mushrooms. (Eventually. Some mycorhizal mushrooms such as Chanterelles can take a decade or more to start fruiting.)

From: Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:16:49 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] mychorizal fungal rip off?

When I was in hort school the research on mychorizal relationships was still pretty fresh and I was enthralled to the point of reading a lot of it in their library just out of curiosity.  It was amazing to think that all the trees in the forest are connected by these fungus which makes the whole forest seem to be one organism.
When the products came out touting the benefit of applications of these organisms I assumed that it was just typical marketing BS.  The research I read indicated that these fungus aren't very species specific beyond trees not having relationships with the same species as prairie plants.  The conclusion was that anywhere trees grow there are already plenty of M. fungus in the soil, tree compatible, unless it is in a strictly prairie environment or where strip mining has been practiced.  In these sites a few shovels full of forest soil would accomplish any needed inoculation.  
Is there any reason to think anything different?

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