Mycorrhizae- what it is and why you need it
What is mycorrhizae?
Good fungi vs. bad fungi
Not all fungi are bad for plants. In fact, there are a variety of different fungi that are good for plants. Some are even essential for plant health. The relationship between these good fungi and plant roots are called mycorrhizal associations, or mycorrhizae. The awesome effects of mycorrhizae can be seen in vibrant healthy plant growth, robust flowering, and healthy, living soil.
These two organisms (fungi and plant roots) live together in a mutually beneficial symbiosis where the fungi get either nutrients, metabolites, or a combination of both from the host. Fungal symbiosis occurs all the time in nature, but we don’t always see it. You can often find mushrooms living around tree bases in forests, but there is a lot more going on underground that we don’t see. And in fact, the vast majority of symbiotic fungal relationships live their whole lives in the soil where we don’t see the important impacts of these relationships.