Re: CULT: antibacterial organics?
Linda Mann reported:
<< Fungi associated with sphagnum moss apparently exude or contain
substances which prevent the development of fungal complexes that cause
damping-off. [why this is called 'antibiotic' is obscure to me] This theory
is supported by the
fact that sphagnum in the fresh state or recently baled affords damping
off control under a wide range of conditions.... >>
Yes, this protective aspect of spagnum is mentioned in current propagation
literature. I haven't heard more about why it works, and I had assumed,
apparently in error, that it was effective because it wouldn't support fungal
I really don't understand the difference between spagnum and regular peat and
I hope someone can explain.
Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA
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