Re: Mycorrhizal products
- Subject: Re: [cg] Mycorrhizal products
- From: "Matt Morris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 21:02:28 +1200
just to add my two cents
concentrations of mychorrhizal fungi are absolutely improved with
application of good compost. Of course they are not present while the
compost is hot, but then neither are worms, slaters and other life forms
that continue to work with the matter once the bacterial heat phase has
humus rich soil is best for all soil life: this is improved with compost.
----- Original Message -----
From: Keith Addison <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2002 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: [cg] Mycorrhizal products
> Jon Rowley wrote:
> >My information on mycorrhizal fungi corresponds to Lisas.
> >Mychorrhizals do extend the root systems of plants especially in
> >poor soil but, since they are ubiquitous, would not need to be
> >purchased. I wouldn't think compost would be a good source of
> >mychorrhizal fungi.
> Hello Jon
> Much of the original work on mycorrhiza was done by Rayner. You can
> find one of her books online here - nice book, written for laymen:
> "Trees and Toadstools" by M.C. Rayner, D.Sc., Faber and Faber, 1945.
> Dr Rayner can be credited with putting the mycorrhizal association on
> the agricultural map. Mycorrhizas are fungus-roots, a symbiotic
> relationship between plant roots and friendly soil fungi without
> which most plants cannot thrive, while many cannot even survive
> without their fungal partners. The fungus actually feeds the plant,
> and in return the plant feeds the fungus the products of the green
> leaf which the fungus is unable to make for itself. Enhanced by good
> humus maintenance and often damaged by chemical fertilizers and
> pesticides, the mycorrhizal association is fundamental to why organic
> growing works.
> Table of Contents
> Albert Howard, founder of the organic farming movement, working in
> India, worked closely with Rayner, seeking an explanation for why
> applications of his Indore compost often gave stunning results that
> could not be explained by the nutrient content of the compost. That
> the compost applications triggered mycorrhizal action was the answer.
> Indore compost is hot composting, by the way.
> Keith Addison
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