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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