Add root-associated fungi to plants before planting
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Many marsh and swamp plants form mutually beneficial associations with fungi (Cooke & Lefor 1998). These ‘mycorrhizal’ fungi live in or around plant roots. They can increase plant access to nutrients and minimize the effect of stresses such as drought and pollution (Finlay 2008). Adding mycorrhizal fungi vegetation before it is introduced could therefore help survival and growth. Fungi could be added via a root dip, or by adding spores to the surrounding soil.
To be summarized as evidence for this action, studies must have explicitly compared the performance of treated and untreated plants. Studies that simply report the performance of treated plants are not summarized here. Studies do not have to be in flooded/saturated soils, as long as they involve wetland-characteristic species.
Related interventions: Apply root dip to plants before planting, including all non-fungal treatments (freshwater non-woody – brackish/saline non-woody – freshwater trees/shrubs – brackish/saline trees/shrubs).
Cooke J.C. & Lefor M.W. (1998) The mycorrhizal status of selected plant species from Connecticut wetlands and transition zones. Restoration Ecology, 6, 214–222.
Finlay R.D. (2008) Ecological aspects of mycorrhizal symbiosis: with special emphasis on the functional diversity of interactions involving the extraradical mycelium. Journal of Experimental Botany, 59, 1115–1126.