Fungi and Nutrient Cycling

Fungi and agriculture are natural partners. Fungi play a significant role in, mining rocks for mineral nourishment, slowly turning them into what will become soil. Fungi in your soil profile means greater mineralization of and access to nutrients for your crop, as well as broader access to water.

Fungi interaction with soil (and plants) is still not well understood, and are likely one of the most underappreciated biological kingdoms of the natural world. Since the beginning of time, fungi have been integral to life on Earth. Neither land plants nor terrestrial animals would be able to exist without fungi.

Fungi play a role regarding plants that would for the most part only be found on water’s edge locations, to be able to move inland and become large forests or entire ecosystems. Fungi provide essential minerals for land plants that allow them to be healthy and spread to new locations.

Without fungi to aid in decomposition, forests would be buried under a mountain of dead plant matter.

Fungi breakdown dead organic matter, and by doing so they release nutrients. Those nutrients are then made available for plants to carry on growing and thriving. Fungi eat dead matter and, in doing so, make nutrients available for new life. The entire web of life on earth is connected through fungi and the role it plays in nutrient cycling.

OASCO is the exclusive provider of Millipoo, the most fungal dominant organic input material we know of, and working with our supply chain partners, we also provide a wide array of naturally derived organic materials that promote fungal development and expansion. During times of drought and/or heat stress conditions, fungal expansion can be extremely helpful in supporting crop health, offering a buffer to these challenging conditions, and the cooler seasons are the best time for amending soil with fungal based inputs!

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