Have you seen Fantastic Fungi or the movie Avatar? In these films, the research on mycorrhizal fungi by Dr. Suzanne Simard, is brought to life in visually stunning ways. On Monday, September 12th, we welcome three experts to talk about organic fertilizers and amendments. David from Wild Root Organic will share the latest research on mycorrhizal fungi.
Over 95% of all plants across the globe depend on a special type of natural creation called mycorrhizae to pull moisture and nutrients they need from soil. It forms a vital communication network, sometimes called the wood-wide-web, or the “earth’s internet”. This web beneath our feet, connects vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground Internet, distributing nutrients and water through this tube-like network. Mycorrhizae facilitates the underground nutrition-gathering process that supports and replenishes the roots of plants to ensure the strongest and healthiest plants possible.
Globally, the total length of fungal mycelium in the top ten centimeters of soil is more than 450 quadrillion kilometers! There is a new non profit called SPUN.earth that is using machine learning tools to help map the global network of fungal mycelium. Last month the front page of the International and Domestic NYTimes covered this important work.
This fall, the City of Austin will be doing their first mycorrhizal study at the Balcones Canyonland Preserve too.
The problem is that most soil doesn’t have enough mycorrhizae. That’s where Wildroot Organic comes in. Wildroot is a proprietary blend of mycorrhizae that helps solve the problem by boosting plant nutrient and water uptake with the added benefit of enhancing the plant’s natural immune system – organically.
Come learn about soil amendments with us in a few weeks. Join us in person @zilkerbotanicalgarden or join us online.
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