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Thought this was cool. Fungal soils...

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by JDUtah, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    So I was reading this for something completely not-related but thought of you guys. I might not understand/agree with the need to have fungal dominated soil but here is something that might help you get it.

    Cellulose applications.

    Two reasons... first and most obvious... The cellulose will feed fungi and increase their population.

    Second... the fungi eat the cellulose by breaking it down. They use enzymes classified as Glycoside hydrolase. Why does that matter?

    "Glycoside hydrolases... are extremely common enzymes with roles in nature including degradation of biomass such as cellulose and hemicellulose, [and] in anti-bacterial defense strategies (eg lysozyme)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoside_hydrolase

    So not only do these enzymes break apart cellulose but they potentially have anti microbial properties as well. Apply cellulose (sawdust, etc) to feed the fungi and kill the bacteria at the same time. Pretty cool.

    Note: I have not confirmed that the type of Glycoside hydrolase used to break apart cellulose actually does have ant-microbial qualities. Just something to think about.

    I haven't read it (I have to focus on what I am studying) but here is a related wiki... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysozyme

    Did you know most store bought Parmesan cheeses have cellulose added to them? :dizzy:
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009
  2. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    “All mushrooms are edible - once”
  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    jd is this about the chitin?????
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Interestting stuff of course, but for lawns, I am more interested in microbes that digest grass clippings whether they be fungal or bacterial is irrelevant.

    Cycling nutrients from what we have there naturally is more logical.
    Of course what is compost made of?!?! Inconsistant? Perhaps. :)

    Sawdust is not only in cheese, but was put in the bread during WWII in Europe.

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