Fish IT allows the soil biology to thrive by providing a food source they can then consume to enable them to do their job making the nutrients in the soil plant available. It is a process that is highlighted by the very visible appearance of mycorrhizal fungi on or near the roots of the seedlings.
“Anything that helps to condition the soil has to be beneficial for the mycorrhizal fungi to be able to pick those nutrients up.”
Lifting a seedling from the ground, Lyndon points out the presence of mycorrhizal fungi, a white powdery substance at the base of the plant and around the root zone.
Mycorrhizal fungi are one of the most beneficial organisms in the soil and can be easily identified. If they are present you will see the white ‘powder’ – shown here by Lyndon at the base of the plant. Mycorrhizal fungi colonize plant roots, living partially inside and partially outside the roots. They act as extensions of the roots helping to pick up and cycle nutrients aiding in the functioning of the plant roots.
“We are trying to get as many of those nutrients out of the ground and Fish IT is really helping those nutrients pull through. The more mycorrhizal and the more fine roots that you can get on a seedling the more nutrients are going to be taken up and the healthier the tree is going to be.”
Lyndon adds that the seedlings are free from browning off and any disease that can be typical of pine seedlings.