We see the tree planting technique used - and we watch as professional crews apply Root Rescue Transplanter MS-CS during the very hot and dry summer of 2018.
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
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,
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
We now know how important mycorrhizal fungi are to the billions of plants on our planet today. Mycorrhizae form a symbiosis with plant roots -...
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
It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that the way we build our roads, homes, shopping malls and schools is hard on the living microbes in the already fragile topsoil left behind by land speculators. The heavy equipment rumbles onto a long-abandoned, weed-infested field, and the first job is to strip the surface bare of anything that looks darker in colour than the subsoil below. Theoretically, this material has value to the builder – so...