Fungi, such as mycelium, has a symbiotic relationship with trees. And if trees could talk, I am sure they would express their gratitude for the underground relationship they share. We will explore …
Fungi, such as mycelium, has a symbiotic relationship with trees. And if trees could talk, I am sure they would express their gratitude for the underground relationship they share. We will explore this kinship and learn how mycelium has a correlation to Thanksgiving.
There is an underground macroscopic network of fungi called mycelium. Mycelium is the roots of mushrooms that connect trees, enabling communication and nutrient exchange. This network helps in the absorption of phosphorus (K) and nitrogen (N) in the soil. In addition, because the fungi have larger surface area than plant roots, it allows for more efficient absorption. Mycelium also enhances a tree’s immune system, increasing its resistance to specific diseases. If there are pollutants in the soil, mycelium will form a barrier around the tree roots, protecting them from harmful pollutants. Moreover, the fungal network supports trees by assisting them in coping with environmental stresses, such as salinity or pollution, through mycorrhizal presence. So, what is the mycelium connection to Thanksgiving?
Mycelium strengthens relationships with trees underground and Thanksgiving brings people together. Strengthen your relationships with others, just like the hidden network of mycelium. This Thanksgiving practice a lesson learned from trees and fungi. Help provide physical and spiritual nourishment. Protect others from harmful words or actions. And create a stress-free, positive, loving environment. In addition, make it a point to share a smile or kind words with your associates, friends and loved ones. Thank you for reading! If you have questions or comments, contact me at email@example.com. Happy Thanksgiving!
(Katherine Clarkson is the president of the Park County Master Gardeners. She lives in Wapiti.)