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Fungi as carbon sinks

 
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Fungi and roots store a surprisingly large share of the world's carbon.
Symbiotic organisms that envelope tree roots may play a bigger role in carbon cycle than decomposing leaves.


http://www.nature.com/news/fungi-and-roots-store-a-surprisingly-large-share-of-the-world-s-carbon-1.12698
 
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I carbon farm by rotationally grazing cattle.  I really believe I am building top soil with my cows.

I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast #1385 with Paul Stamets last night.  Very cool. Talked alot about pscylocibins, well mostly about pscylocibins actually which I find kinda mind bendingly cool.  Although Ive not tried YET.

Got me thinking.  I occasionlly give my cows grain mainly to bribe them into going where I want them to go.  I wonder if I were to innoculate  the grain with a beneficial fungi if I could increase the carbon sequestration rate.  Could there be any side benefit to the environment of doing so?  At the very least I could be growing edble mushrooms out the cow pats.
 
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I would keep the cow-bribing and the inoculation with mushrooms separate, personally. But yes, I would definitely amend with a fungal slurry, especially around wooded areas, or in the case of anything savannah-like, around individual trees or small copses.

Fungi as a part of permanent pastoral culture is a good idea. I have no doubt that it makes other plant systems more efficient through their symbiosis.

-CK
 
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The more we learn, the more fungi just get more and more amazing. I can't wait to incorporate fungi into my novice attempts at gardening
 
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