Plants which grow in Pinus Radiata forests

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at
Mon Jun 11 11:44:23 EST 2001

Treeman <not at> wrote in message news:<3B01F421.F6AFE45B at>...
> Boletes and other pine fungi will grow, also ferns and tree ferns.

You should be able to grow ginseng, some ferns (but I don't know what
species would work best in Australia), and a whole bunch of mushrooms.
Pines allow a relatively high light diffusement to the soil, so ferns
should work well, especially where they have additional compost or
woody debris to act as a water sink.

The real problem is Pinus radiata is not native to Australia as far as
I know. And the abundant variety of mycorrhizal flora associated with
Pinus radiata in the US may or may not be appropriate introductions to
your area. New Zealand is especially careful of introducing any new
fungal species - for good reason, since Boletus edulis is such a
common host with almost any kind of tree: willow, pine, fir, spruce,
birch, oak, etc.

OTOH, there are two ways to look at inoculations. The first is to
attempt growing just a single fungus, like the French and Italians try
to grow Tuber melanosporum and T. magnatum.

I believe there is good evidence supporting a wide range of
mycorrhizal species, and to have them growing together at the same
time. Multiple inoculations appear to give trees a considerable boost
in growth. And the added biodiversity of mycorrhizal fungi ensure that
host trees are more likely to survive periods of drought. Plus, there
is no real reason why several species of Boletus, Tuber, Leucangium,
and other choice edible species cannot fruit with the same trees, thus
producing multiple crops from the same area. Just a thought.

Daniel B. Wheeler

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