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Michael Phillips shares green man ways to grow healthy through biological alchemy. This hands-on exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rock you.

Coming in March 2017

Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils by Michael Phillips

Mycorrhizal Planet

How Fungi and Plants Work Together
to Create Dynamic Soils

by Michael Phillips

Published by
Chelsea Green
Publishing

$40 Hardcover Edition

Regenerative practices for the farm, garden, orchard, forest, and landscape.

Mycorrhizal fungi have been waiting a long time for people to catch on. How these symbiotic organisms enhance plant health is absolutely stunning. Nutrients are delivered by means of "fungus-root" synergy. A boost to green immune function helps keep disease at bay. Expansive fungal networks bring resiliency to ecosystems. Soil aggregate formation addresses carbon flow. Yet for the longest time, we have ignored basic soil biology and instead disturbed ecosystems at our own peril. Time to change all that, and fast! Join with me to catch this mycelial wave and work towards a tomorrow for generations to come.


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Here we see arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi penetrating into the cells of a root. Courtesy of Larry Petersen, University of Guelph
Here we see arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi penetrating into the cells of a root. Look closer. Perhaps you see miniature trees. Flip that perspective and you see the feeder root system of most any plant. Then again, your view may be more anatomy-oriented, as these fungi also resemble the alveoli in our own lungs. Herbalists speak of the "doctrine of signatures" underlying a plant's healing gifts. Similarly, mycorrhizae make clear an essential connection to life itself.
Courtesy of Larry Petersen, University of Guelph

Fungal consciousness will help you become a better earth steward. Exploring the science of these symbiotic fungi in layman's terms sets the stage for practical applications across the landscape. The real impetus behind gardening with mulches, digging with broadforks, shallow cultivation, forest-edge orcharding, no-till farming, low-impact forestry, and "everything permaculture" is to disturb the soil as little as possible. This in turn allows the fungal dynamic to thrive. Virtue lies in doing less so as not to screw things up, a tenet that I suspect most of us can handle.



"Let's make soil great again. Michael Phillips and Mycorrhizal Planet have a plan. This book focuses on the tangible things you can do on the land you love to make it healthier and more productive. In 40 years doing USDA research and producing mycorrhizal fungi I have read and reviewed thousands of mycorrhizal articles. Michael Phillips gets it. Finally we have a mycorrhizal book that is entertaining, practical, and vibrant. We truly live on a mycorrhizal planet, and people who read this book will emerge with a profound understanding of how these little creatures shape our earth and our future."
Dr. Mike Amaranthus,
founder, Mycorrhizal Applications

"Our knowledge of how habitat restoration and regenerative agriculture work -- how they proceed or falter -- is being renovated as we speak. A new sense of how symbiotic mycorrhizae shape plant establishment and succession has been slowly emerging over the last quarter century. In his new book, Mycorrhizal Planet, Michael Phillips weaves his own web of astounding connections regarding "what holds this earth together." Not since Paul Stamets' pioneering inquiry, Mycelium Running, have we been blessed by such a synthesis that tells how symbiotic fungi are the true and most trustworthy stewards of this planet. With his usual genius of explaining complex science in ways farmers and restorationists themselves can grasp, Phillips reminds us that those in Washington DC have never really "run this country," our fungal allies have."
Gary Nabhan,
University of Arizona


Contents  *  Introduction  *  Hyphal Lysis  *  Fungal Compost  * 
Fungal Bonus!  * 

Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary.

Mycorrhizal Planet:
How Fungi and Plants Work Together

hardcover  ::   8 x 10  ::   244 pages
photographs, artwork, tables, resources
ISBN 978-1-60358-658  ::   February 2017  ::   $40

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