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For several years I have been innoculating various conifer species (Thuja, Thujopsis, Juniperus, Chamaecyparis, etc) with spores from mycorrhizal fungi prior to transplanting into my small tree nursery. I started out with spores collected by a colleague from Tuber gibbosum and other truffle species, but have since started using a commercial innoculant composed of 15 different fungal species. Treated seedlings exhibit a marked increase in vigor, rate of establishment, growth and color as compared to non treated seedlings. Now I plan to start a couple hundred oak seedlings and I am trying to determine what fungal species establish a beneficial mycorrhizal relationship with the genus Quercus, and, ideally, a commercial source for such an innoculant. FWIW, this is a non-commercial land reclamation project.
Re: What mycorrhizal species are appropriate for innoculating Quercus spp.?
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