Fungi News

New study finds fungal support creates more flavourful foods

At ONfungi our whole rationale centers around using fungi to enhance the nutrition of food. And what better way to enhance nutrition then by enhancing flavour.

A new study (here at has found increased turpenes in Rosemary with the support of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Huzzah. Our own Kelvin Hodges found oregano planted in his FDC enhanced garden bed created “the most flavourful oregano I have yet tasted.” Nothing like a good anecdotal reference. smile.

Get on board. Get your FDC kit and improve the flavour of your herbs.

No-Till Farmer looks at the money making power of FDC

This article from No-tillFarmer came to my attention recently. Its a lovely look at Dr. Johnston’s research based on a talk he gave to Brandon, Manitoba farmers.

See the article “In Depth: The Money-Making Power of Soil Microbes” by Angela Lovell.

The Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management (BEAM) system was developed by New Mexico University soil researcher David Johnson. The article explores using a fungal-dominant, biologically-diverse compost inoculant to jump start soil biology and increase biomass production.

No-till Farmer looks at the Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management (BEAM) system.

Interesting article about a newly developed wheat hybrid

Perennial wheat!

There are many paths to the one: regenerative ag will need many new branches. Here at ONfungi we look mostly at compost or EOM (exogeneous organic matter) and its usefulness in improving crop nutrition, soil health.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t change. Would you like more “regenerative soil and crop news” at ONfungi?

Merlin Sheldrake’s new book wins prize.

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures wins the Royal Society Science Book Prize November 29, 2021.

Author Merlin Sheldrake is “thrilled.”

Interesting articles on the book have followed

A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi

The Guardian article looks at Mycorrhizal fungal networks as a major global carbon sink.

Also highlighted is the new SPUN project looks to map the worlds fungal networks. This group included Canadian participants Miranda Hart, an expert on soil ecology and professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia and author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

At ONfungi, this is what we’re trying to do. We’re looking directly at a particular kind of composting method that helps speed up the restoration of carbon in soil by encouraging fungi.

That’s why we need your help. Spread the dirt.

Mapping the hidden world of underground fungus, a major carbon sink

In this National Post article a new project mapping the world’s fungal networks is described. The article also touches on fungi as a carbon sink.

Plus … Jane Goodall!

Kindly note that ONfungi is working on expanding fungi balance in degraded soils as a useful carbon sequestration technique.

See. See. Method to our madness there is.

For reasons I don't understand I am not able to "embed" this video. Huh. Works on other pages?

 | Karli Zschogner

Soil Sampling with ONFungi in White Lake, ON – Sustainable Eastern Ontario partner

Oct. 13, 2021 — In this lovely video Karli Zschogner interviews our own Emma Roy and takes the viewer on a fast concise overview of the 2021 Garden Experiment.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

‘The fungal species that set up house within the anatomy of a tree are somewhat similar to the chip of mitochondrial DNA that is gender specific and is inherited from mother to daughter in the long line of human life. The endophytic fungi, too, are tree species specific. The morel mushroom nests with the American elm and the giant puffball with the standard apple. The endophytic fungi may be one of the principal regulators of carbon exchange. They may represent a cycle of life similar to that seen in the algae, mosses, ferns, and gymnosperms, where an asexual phase is followed by a sexual one. For the algae of the great oceans of the planet, the asexual phase may last a few days, but for the older trees, this time is counted in hundreds of years, sometimes running into millennia.”
— Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Canadian writer and researcher Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia is teh author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s Avatar) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.

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