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Re: Mulch, Fuel, Firewood; whatever?

Subject: Re: Mulch, Fuel, Firewood; whatever?
From: Andersonarb
Date: Jul 31 2001 12:18:42
In a message dated 31/07/01 12:25:08 GMT Daylight Time, 
alanreevesuk@xxxxxx.co.uk writes:

<< The key for me is the fermentation process that occurs
 naturally in organic deposition with lots of other
 fungi competing and producing antibiotic substances to
 combat pathogens. As Percy Thrower and Mr Smith used
 to advocate, it's the composting and turning over at
 least two years that makes for good mulch.
 The thought of chipping an Armillaria riddled stump
 and liberally applying the freshly prepared inoculum
 still fills me with horror. Ditto Meripilus >>

Yeah, my brain mills these things over and concludes something very similar 
Alan. However two years? is that excessive? How long does it take to rot down 
thoroughly? I've left woodchips on the truck overnight and had them steaming 
thoroughly the next day. I heard ADAS were going to do some research but then 
heard no more.

Now when it comes to spreading a freshly prepared inoculum from an Armillaria 
riddled stump it sounds bad, but doesn't this 'latent decay fungi' theory 
suggest that the fungi are present anyway? And when it comes to this 
principle how did nature cope? I assume that some trees died of Armillaria in 
the wild and presumably they shed their 'riddled' parts beneath them. The 
trees survived despite this. Mind you I suppose the 'pioneers' colonising the 
space were probably different species to the 'climax' trees, maybe Armillaria 
resistant? 

I believe that the largest organism on the planet is a patch of Armillaria in 
a wood in Oregon somewhere. Not knowing what sort of Armillaria is a problem 
but the wood still sounds like its a wood, not a dead wood! Armillaria just 
doesn't seem to work like that although I accept that I may only see things 
from my narrow view. (Sorry out with Ted Green on Saturday!)

Sorry to hear about your slipped disc. Touch wood; I've never suffered back 
problems much, disc trouble sounds horrible.

Cheers.
Bill.



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