Fertilisers And Friendly Fungi

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Traditional orchard in blosson

 

Think carefully before applying fertilisers to your orchard, particularly chemical fertilisers. Consider first whether it is really necessary. It can do more harm than good not only to the trees but also to the grassland.  Frequent applications of fertiliser, even good old farmyard manure, can disrupt the nutrient balance of the grassland. This can have a detrimental affect on plant species diversity which in turn can lead to a decline in pollinating insects. Fertilisers can also harm the trees by interfering with their associations with beneficial fungi such as mycorrhizae – the subject of this blog.

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Orchard Tooth Fungus – A Rare Discovery

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Courtesy of Countryside Restoration Trust

 

A very rare fungus has been discovered at Awnells Farm in Much Marcle Herefordshire – one of eleven farms managed by the Countryside Restoration Trust.  The orchard or apple tooth fungus (Sarcodontia crocea) – listed as one of the UK’s ‘vulnerable’ species – was found by a CRT monitoring officer and verified by experts at Kew Gardens.  It’s only the fourth time this century that this extremely rare fungus has been recorded.  There are only fifteen other known sites in Britain where it can be  found. Continue reading