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Ectomycorrhiza - some are easy-to-see Showoffs

Ectomycorrhiza - some are easy-to-see Showoffs

Posted Jun 17th, 2017 in Mycorrhizae, Benefits, Science

Here's my picture of a beautiful group of Amanita muscaria var. 'guessowii' that I saw last October, in a lawn, beside a windrow of Spruce. And if you look real close - you'll see a fly on this 'Fly Agaric' These may not be good for people (or not, depending on what you get up to on the weekend) - but - they are very good for the roots of their host trees. They are ectomycorrhizal partners of all Pine, Spruce, Fire, Hemlock etc. So if you see them - don't pick them

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Author Peter Wohlleben's new best-selling book reveals the secret lives of trees to all of us.

Author Peter Wohlleben's new best-selling book reveals the secret lives of trees to all of us.

Posted Oct 13th, 2016 in Announcements, Research, Calendar, Mycorrhizae, Media, Video, Science

German forester Peter Wohlleben has been watching, listening to, and working with forest trees all of his life. He has developed a keen understanding of these magnificent living wonders, and has found them not only fascinating as a group, but each separate tree has revealed it self to have a unique, and individual way of interacting with it's environment. Peter understands that resorting to anthropomorphism when talking about trees risks his scientific credibility - but as he shows in his book,

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An Ectomycorrhizae - Laccaria bicolor - pops up next to Aspen and Birch in October

An Ectomycorrhizae - Laccaria bicolor - pops up next to Aspen and Birch in October

Posted Oct 3rd, 2016 in Calendar, Mycorrhizae, Science

Laccaria bicolor are an ectomycorrhizal partner of a number of hardwood deciduous trees and conifers, and these mushroom caps appear briefly in the fall as part of their reproductive cycle. In this case, the nearby host trees are a combination of Aspen (Poplar) and Birch trees. Poplar is a very interesting tree because as young saplings they are endomycorrhizal plants - and will form a symbiotic partnerships with the AM fungi associated with the roots of (perhaps) the grasses in the former field

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How did the first land plants successfully migrate from ancient oceans?

How did the first land plants successfully migrate from ancient oceans?

Posted Sep 21st, 2016 in Research, Mycorrhizae, Video, Benefits, Science

The Epic Journey from the Ocean to Dry Land - and the Mycorrhizal Advantage

We now know how important mycorrhizal fungi are to the billions of plants on our planet today. Mycorrhizae form a symbiosis with plant roots -...

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The Ontario Drought Continues - This Is The Summer to Root Rescue your Landscape Plantings!

The Ontario Drought Continues - This Is The Summer to Root Rescue your Landscape Plantings!

Posted Jul 11th, 2016 in Research, Mycorrhizae, Benefits

Root Rescue's Transplanter MS-CS Gives Landscape Plants a Proven Advantage in Drought. University testing results Published in 2015. What the University of Guelph found could save the trees and shrubs that you plant this summer from failing to survive one of the worst droughts that we've seen in years. If you're planting landscapes for a living this summer, can you afford NOT to look at what the U of G research found?

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Rising CO² Levels Mean Plants Need Beneficial Fungi to Acquire Nutrients - New Study Published

Rising CO² Levels Mean Plants Need Beneficial Fungi to Acquire Nutrients - New Study Published

Posted Jul 5th, 2016 in Mycorrhizae, Benefits, Science

We all know that Green Plants 'breathe in' Carbon Dioxide and convert it to oxygen during photosynthesis. So, one might think that rising CO² levels would mean that the plants around us are all growing faster these days with the increased CO² supply. 'Not quite' a new study in the journal Science explains. It turns out that plants can only take advantage of a rising CO² levels if they have either: an increased soluble nitrogen source, or they have mycorrhizal fungi to work with. And mycorrhizae

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The First Report on the GTA's Forest Canopy Delivered at the Grey to Green Conference 2016

The First Report on the GTA's Forest Canopy Delivered at the Grey to Green Conference 2016

Posted Jun 6th, 2016 in Announcements, Research, Calendar

The value of the Grey Infrastructure (roads, bridges, highways) in our urban spaces gets a lot of press. The Green Infrastructure has been completely undervalued and is typically unseen. There is tons of data about the state (and current value) of roads and and other parts of the publicly-owned grid that keeps us moving - but - until now, we've had no data about the assets that 'keep us breathing' as we go about our busy lives. This groundbreaking report lays it all out, and puts a real value to

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Root Rescue Weather has Arrived! Throw your New Plantings a Life Line!

Root Rescue Weather has Arrived! Throw your New Plantings a Life Line!

Posted May 27th, 2016 in Mycorrhizae, Using Root Rescue, Benefits

Here's the local forecast where I am here at the west end of Lake Ontario. This drought weather pattern leads to the failure of all kinds of landscape plants that garden centres and landscape contractors guarantee. Millions of dollars worth of landscape plants will be planted in Southern Ontario in the next 10 days - will they all succeed? The drought stress relief delivered by Root Rescue's Transplanter gives new plantings a proven advantage.

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Phenology - Watch Nature's Signals - Your Reward? Morels!

Phenology - Watch Nature's Signals - Your Reward? Morels!

Posted May 25th, 2016 in Research, Calendar, Mycorrhizae

May 24th just passed, and here in Southern Ontario, the risk of frost is 'traditionally' behind us at last. But anybody who's ever made their living in the garden centre trade knows that the calendar isn't always the best predictor of events. The rules seem to have changed.

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Bob Reeves Interview on CH Morning Live TV

Bob Reeves Interview on CH Morning Live TV

Posted May 12th, 2016 in Announcements, Calendar, Media, Video

Bob Reeves describes the idea behind Root Rescue's new mycorrhizal plant starter on Hamilton's CH Morning Live Show with Annette Hamm. The quick (5-minute) interview gives me the chance to describe how we developed the product, tested it, and how to use it in the landscape.

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