Plant nurseries that sell trees with symbiotic mushrooms bonded to their rootstock
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Darko SavicNov 07, 2022
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Plant nursery that sells young trees with symbiotic mushrooms inoculated into their rootstock. Buy a tree and grow delicious mushrooms for free.
A few of the most sought-after mushroom species are very difficult to cultivate. In order to enjoy Boletus edulis, or Chanterelle people must get lucky while foraging in the forest.
A business opportunity for plant nurseries.
Buy a tree, and get great mushrooms as part of the package.
How it works
Some of the most highly regarded mushroom species are mycorrhizal. They develop a symbiotic relationship with other plants. These relationships are complex and not yet fully understood - making the cultivation of mycorrhizal fungi very difficult to establish.
A plant nursery could sell young trees that have had their rootstock inocculated with Porcini and Chanherelle mycelium. People buying them would be instructed to pile on dead branches around the trees every year so that the mycelium has food to thrive on.
The nursery would develop a process where they uncover parts of each young plant's roots and dip it for a while into the liquid culture of the desired mushroom species.