seeding compost with Mycorrhizal fungi?

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,669

Watching the last of this seasons GW on telly :( I was interested in the Mycorrhizal fungi part where someone who knows about such things said that plantain roots are full of the stuff and can be cut up and added to potting compost when planting.

So I was wondering if I put some chopped plantain roots into my compost bin, will that seed it all with Mycorrhizal fungi?

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Not sure that it will Pete. If you re watch the clip it says the fungi need plant roots to thrive and survive. So as compost heaps are full of dead material I doubt the fungi would cope with the heat or the lack of suitable roots. I can see what they mean about seed and potting compost as stuff is growing in it, but compost heaps don't, they have different fungi and microorganisms in them. I'm perfectly willing to be corrected mind you.

     

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,669

    Yup - that makes perfect sense Dave. The magic of symbiosis 

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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