Fungi Benefits - Some of the benefits to trees: Facilitate absorption of water and elements - fungi; Break down organic and inorganic materials - bacteria, fungi, insects, animals; Aerate soils - worms, insects, fungi, animals; Detoxify harmful substances - bacteria and fungi. Help adjust pH - bacteria and fungi; Protect roots against pathogens - bacteria, fungi, (mycorrhizae); Hold water - actinomycetes, bacteria, (cell coatings); Resist decay - anaerobic bacteria (wetwood), non-decay causing fungi (discolored wood); Facilitate branch shedding – decay causing fungi; Protection against wound infections by decay-causing fungi - bacteria, non-decay-causing fungi. Less than 1% of the fungi and bacteria are harmful to the tree system!
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