Soil Biology: Fungi Part IV - What do they do?

What do mycorrhizae do?

So what can mycorrhizae do for you? Mycorrhizae help provide strength and rigidity, mineral uptake, and facilitation (movement) as well as plant communication. If mycorrhizae didn’t exist, we would have trees, forests, or rainforests!! Plus, we would definitely not have the diversity of plant life that we see on this planet if not for mycorrhizal fungi!! Mycology has been doing this for billions of years and they are much more efficient at it than we are! We can use their efficiency, vigor, and effectiveness to our advantage in highly productive ways. Traditional synthetic (dead) systems oftentimes have strange nutritional issues that can be difficult to correct and diagnose. More often than not, the inconsistency they see across their crop could be simply fixed with a better plant to plant, plant to root, and root to root communication. 

The assistance that mycorrhizae provide in cell strength, rigidity, and mineral uptake help significantly with issues like pest, disease, and environmental stressors. Areas of the world that experience unexpected temperature fluctuations and out of season precipitation/weather benefit significantly from this increased strength and rigidity. Combine fungi with cleanly available silicates (preferably zeolite or other mineral-based silicates) for most effective results. 

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