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I'm learning about mycorrhizal fungi and have a question regarding the plant/fungi phosphorus relationship please.
I understand that plants restrict the fungi establishment if their is ample AVAILABLE P thus having a negative effect on the MF and other nutrients available for the plant.
Is the P in bone meal in a form that is available? If not then I am planting new trees with fungi food - good
           If so then I am planting trees with fungi blockers?
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Bone meal will actually increase the amount of mycorrhizal fungi.
http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/17/4/442.full

But Soluble Phosphorous will decrease it.
 
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Excellent article. Thank you
 
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Any time you use a "fertilizer" that contains any water soluble minerals or other nutrients, you are providing a soda pop to the plant as well as the microbiome.
Soda pop makes bacteria and fungi (particularly) lazy because they have no need to produce enzymes to procure their food supply, this shuts down the normal food web that keeps soil thriving and plants growing, it is why commercially grown foods have lost almost all flavor and nutritional value.
This is the conundrum that "Big Ag" never talks about, they want everyone to use their fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides so it would be against their best interest to actually give the public scientific facts about what is happening to the foods you buy, because of their greed.

"Free minerals" are not free for humans, they create an imbalance in the natural flow in the microbiome and that creates situations in plants that they rarely make the transition back to what should be going on for them to produce the nutrition humans need from the plant's fruits.
Current studies are beginning to show that the current "modern Agriculture methods" are causing foods to not only not have the nutritional values they should have, but also that these foods are carrying components that can cause mutations at the cellular level which is leading to diseases such as diabetes and autism.
The jury is still out since these studies are ongoing but the new resistance to the data being recorded smacks of another "Big Ag" white washing.

It is always best to use "found in nature" items to make any amendment to soil, this promotes the microbiome to remain healthy and viable which in turn allows plants to get the proper nutrients and thus provide us with nutritious foods with good flavor (flavonoids are an Important part of the human diet).

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Great Article post S Bengi.
 
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