wood chip-digesting fungi and ground nuts (fwd)

Sun Nov 27 19:26:50 EST 1994

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Date: Sun, 27 Nov 1994 19:26:03 -0500 (EST)
From: Joel B Gruver <jbgFC at hamp>
To: permaculture-mg at ces.ncsu.edu, sanet-mg at ces.ncsu.edu
Subject: wood chip-digesting fungi and ground nuts

I have 2 info requests. 
First, I have access to large volumes of roughly 
chipped hardwood limbs with a small amount of foliage and coniferous 
limbs mixed in. (These materials were chipped by a road maintenance crew.)
Black cherry is probably the dominant hardwood constituent.
I am looking for a method of accelerating the decomposition of  
these materials so that I can use them as a soil amendment. I am 
wondering if there is a species of fungi that I can innoculate or 
encourage to accelerate the break down of such high lignin materials. 
Where can I find good information on the biochemistry of fungal digestion of 
high ligno-cellulosic materials ? Is there an edible species of mushroom 
that I can culture on this material ?

Where can I find information on the cultivation of the wild edible 
plant (Apios americana, common name: ground nut) ? Who is researching the 
economic potential of this plant ? Where can I obtain seeds, cuttings... of 
groundnuts selected for desirable traits ?

Joel Gruver
Hampshire College Farm Center
(413) 582-5348
jgruver at hamp.hampshire.edu

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