Plants Donating Nitrogen To Their Neighbours Via Symbiotic Fungal Networks

South-west plants share fungal symbiosis for nitrogen uptake

 

South-west plants share fungal symbiosis for nitrogen uptake

An investigation into nitrogen transfers between plants has found that different species can share nutrients through fungal interactions.

The study looked into numerous nutrient-acquisition strategies of plants to determine if nitrogen transfers between native plants exist in nutrient-poor soils in south-west Australia.

We’ve had this question [of] how is it possible that our ecosystem has so many species when the soils are so poor?” co-author Professor Erik Veneklaas says.

“What we’ve shown here is that it is the balance between positive and negative interactions that could help species survive together and in a way collaborate whilst they also compete.”

Lead author and UWA’s Fran├žois Teste and his team found that plant species connected by both arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungal interactions benefitted most from nitrogen transfer between plants.

AM interactions penetrate plant roots allowing nutrient intake, whilst EM interactions form sheaths around the roots of plants rather then infiltrating them.

“My work highlights that these interactions might also be partly responsible for biodiversity; so nutrient retention and sharing can be part of the reason why so many species are interacting together,” Dr Teste says.
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Mycorrhizal Fungi Overview

Relatively short video talking all about Mycorrhizal fungi, from what it is to what it does. Interesting for those of you who want to get a good overview of what the processes are that these fungi utilise and how they form a symbiotic relationship with the plant.

My advice would be to inoculate the roots of your potted plants with these beneficial fungi/bacteria to give them a good protection for the period before they and transplanted into the ground/soil. Give them the best start in life they can get I say, get that good fungi in before the bad can get its foot in the door.

Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good

Short clip from a possible future (unreleased) documentary about Paul Stamets (mycologist) speaking on the benefit of mushrooms for nature and mankind. Lovely accompanying footage of mushrooms from the old growth forest.

“I believe nature is a force of good, good is not only a concept it is a spirit so hopefully the spirit of goodness will survive” – Paul Stamets

Aquaponics (Barrelponics) Hints and Tips

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Aquaponics hints and tips in a Barrelponics style setup, Hints and Tips from Travis Hughey from Faith And Sustainable Technologies, interviewed by Zachary Bauer. Also some information on solar setup to take it off grid.