24 March 2016 1:59pm – The Great Decomposers: Fungi and Mould

Mycology is a fascinating topic. Most of the plants in the world rely on their partnerships with fungal species to obsorb nutrients and moisture, particularly in less-than-ideal conditions, including those most flamboyant members of the plant-world, orchids – a lot of orchids won’t even germinate if their particular fungal partner isn’t present.

In our parks, forests and gardens they also play the essential and lion’s-share role in decompostion, breaking down dead organic material and releasing the nutrients back into the soil so plants can access them for new growth. So the next time a mushroom pops up in your garden, take it as a good sign of soil health and say ‘hello’ :)


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