Professor Lynne Boddy

Heart-rot & Hollowing

Heart-rot & Hollowing

Decay is sometimes thought of as bad for the tree.  However, decay of the wood at the heart of the trunk, which eventually causes hollowing, is called ‘heart-rot’, and this can be beneficial for the tree, releasing nutrients for growth.  It provides important habitats for fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates, and may enhance the longevity of…

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How fungi can interact with other organisms

How fungi can interact with other organisms

Adapted from ‘Trees & Fungi: Their Complex Relationship’ by Professor Lynne Boddy – Part 5  There is often an interaction between fungi and other organisms. Beetles and other insects can unwittingly carry the spores from site to site. Sometimes, an insect provides conditions for a fungus to become established in a tree by feeding on…

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Trees & Fungi – made for each other

Trees & Fungi – made for each other

Adapted from Trees & Fungi, Their Complex Relationship by Professor Lynne Boddy – Part 3 We have been looking at the relationship between trees and fungi, based on the book by Professor Lynne Boddy . In part 2, Lynne explained that a tree will contain many fungi, most of which are beneficial. In part 3,…

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