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In Mycorrhizal Planet, Michael Phillips offers new insights into the invisible world beneath our feet, explaining the crucial, symbiotic role that fungi play in everything from healthy plants to healthy soils to healthy planet.
Mycorrhizae are defined as fungi that grow in associations with the roots of a plant in a symbiotic relationship. Mycorrhizae manage the "underground economy," making nutrients available to plant roots, facilitating communication between plants, and even protecting plants against diseases and pest pressures. What's more, they sequester carbon in the soil in much more meaningful ways than any "carbon offsets" humans could ever devise, which means focusing on the health and well-being of these microscopic soil fungi is a crucial climate change solution.
Phillips, a holistic farmer and writer (The Apple Grower, The Holistic Orchard), explores this complex science in layman's terms - offering insight into how to make plants and their fungal partners prosper. He also provides insight on low-impact, common-sense farming strategies, including mulches in gardens, cover crops, shallow cultivation, forest-edge orchards, human0scale tools and technology, and more.
Beyond growers, this book will resonate with anyone who is fascinated with the unseen workings of nature and concerned about maintaining and restoring the health of our soils, our climate, and the quality of life on Earth for generations to come.