WVU Today offers an outstanding look at the International Collection of Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi:
A peach grower in Georgia thought he had the perfect set-up for a new business.
He had the capital and enough land to start a grove, and he had just fumigated the site to kill any pests or pathogens that might have stopped the trees from thriving. When weeks went by with no signs of growth, the owner panicked. Through a local extension agent, he contacted West Virginia University’s Joe Morton.
That connection saved his business and the local economy thousands of dollars.
“It was a huge acreage and he had a big investment in these trees,” Morton said. “But they wouldn’t grow. By fumigating the land, he’d killed off beneficial fungi in the soil that the trees needed for hardy growth.”
Acting on Morton’s advice, the grove owner brought in fungi-rich topsoil from neighboring land and the trees were given a new chance at life.
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