This episode is somewhat of a follow-up to my interview with Jeff Lowenfels in Episode 51. Following that interview, I found myself asking a few more questions, particularly about how we’re progressing with research into mycorrhizal fungi here in the UK. So here I am talking to Dr Petra Guy, who’s based at Reading University. Petra looks mainly at woodland health from the perspective of mycorrhizal fungi but we cover a lot of garden territory too including proprietary fungi mixes, composts and replant disease.
Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Crab Spider
About Dr Petra Guy:
Petra is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Reading modelling the responses of trees to climate, land-use soils and mycorrhizal symbioses. Currently exploring game theory as a means of understanding different ectomycorrhizal/plant relationships and responses.
What We Discuss:
How long mycorrhizal fungi can persist in the soil without a host
The efficacy of proprietary mixes
Saving soil over the winter to inoculate next year’s crop
Should we be building ‘soil bridges’?
Susan Simard’s concept of mother trees in forests