What is Mycorrhizal Fungi

Mycorrhizas are associations between fungi and plant roots that can be beneficial to both the plant and the fungi.

Vesicular Arbuscular (VAM) Fungi, commonly referred to as endomycorrhizae, are root inhabiting fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants. They colonise the host plants’ roots thereby extending their nutrient transporting hyphea far beyond the nutrient depleted zone immediately surrounding growing feeder roots, and greatly increases the host plants ability to acquire nutrients such as N-Nitrogen, P-Phosphorus and K-Potassium.

There are different types of mycorrhizal fungi, such as endomycorrhizal and ectomycorrhizal fungi- both of which associates with different plants species, refer to the attached myco plant species list to see what plants associates with which fungi type, for instance, ectomycorrhizal fungi generally associates with trees such as eucalypts while endomycorrhizal fungi is a good one for growing garden seedlings. To read more on fungi, navigate to Mark Brundrett’s website:

http://mycorrhizas.info/roles.html#intro. This site has an extensive array of information on mycorrhizal fungi……

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