Greetings Peter McCoy, excited about your book and thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.
I have a couple of questions so I will try and be brief:
(I am unfamiliar with mushroom terminology so please forgive me. )
1). I'm assuming that mycelium follows succession therefore there would be 'pioneering' types as well as 'mid' climatic' and so on. So I was wondering what type of characteristics or common strands one would shoot for in early development of landscapes when threes are sparse (humid climate by the way, mid south USA )
2). It seems that hogs, oaks, truffles,mushrooms, hardwoods in general are symbiotic and are essential to forest ecology, so since I use hogs for my preferred method of gardening( and it fits my context, yes!) I was wondering if perhaps hogs could essentially prep, then harvest mushroom beds that they themselves could inoculate landscapes carrying spores via snouts and hair.
It appears that pigs rooting for the infamous truffles are a benefit for both the truffle and the pig not to mention the trees. Sort of let the pig do the work(mushroom pruners), although this is a much more slow approach I figure harvesting of mushrooms for the family and providing fodder for livestock is a win-win. So, are pigs potentially good growers of mushrooms, and is there a specific window they would need to hit to proliferate the mushrooms.
Really excited to hear your input. Thank you for hard work and generosity.
Yes, there are successional waves of both decomposing and mycorrhizal fungi. The mycorrhizal species I have address in other threads (arscular and the ectomyocorrhizal genera Laccaria, Scleroderma, Rhizopogon, etc.) Are good species to introduce into a habitat in the beginning stages of recovery.
Sow pigs are attracted to certain truffles that emit the same pheromone as male pigs in heat. So its not really a symbiotic relationship as you describe. As such, I dont think youre proposal would work as the spore-infused noses of the sows do not rut arouns non-mycorrhizal tree roots... Its a cool idea, though..
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