Q23. Can microbes affect phosphorus levels?

Answer: Answer: Different plant species have endo or ecto but very few have both. Some plant types
do not have mycorrhizae at all. Look at my website for lists of plants having different types of
mycorrhizae www.agpath.com.au. Cultivation or constant disturbance of the soil will deplete
the fungal population through constant breaking up of the fungal hyphal mat in the soil and
on organic matter. Adding salts such as super phosphate will badly affect fungi as will metals
such as copper often used for disease management.
The mycorrhizal fungi have the major role in harvesting phosphorus for plants in exchange
for carbohydrates for their energy source.


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