Fungi, Insects and Bacteria  - Many insects, fungi, bacteria, and other organisms are thought to be harmful, yet very few of them are.  It is a pity when we use treatments that are designed to kill everything.  So along with the few "bad guys" go all the "good guys."  Then we want to buy the "good guys" and put them back.  The insects and microorganisms have a job to do on earth.  Many are "clean up" experts such as the fungus parasitizing the mushroom fruiting body of another fungus  (See TREE PITHY POINTS, DR SHIGO, 1999 Plate 52).  These organisms break down symplastless organisms to release or recycle elements essential for new life.  Some organisms attack others that no longer have a defense system.  A few attack living organisms that are healthy. (See TREE ANATOMY, SHIGO, 1994, pg86).  See “hyphae”.

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