Nature’s Technology: Using the Mushroom Mycelium Network to Grow Cannabis
The mycelium network has been known about for quite some time as the system used by mushrooms to communicate and spawn. Now, this same natural technology can be employed to aid in cannabis cultivation. Indeed, the mycelium network, and its incredible ability for communication, can be used to help grow cannabis.
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What is the mycelium network?
First off, the mycelium network is relevant to fungi, and some bacterial colonies. Mycelia are tiny thread-like structures that branch out in masses. By themselves they are hyphae, together they form mycelium networks. Each fungal spore produces a mycelium, which is not capable of sexually reproducing until it finds another compatible mycelium. When these two compatible monokaryotic mycelium get together, they form a dikaryotic mycelium, which can then produce a mushroom.
Mycelia can often be found underground, but can be found in other places, like where wood is rotting, or in the roots of other plants. They serve an important service in the ecosystem, breaking down organic material in the soil, so that component parts can be available again as nutrients for other plants. About 92% of plants have interaction with these fungi, creating a symbiotic relationship, called mycorrhiza. Not all types of mycelium connections will form these symbiotic relationships. Saprophyte and parasitic mycelium, which either scavenge for food, or absorb it from a living host while providing no benefit, do not.
Mycorrhiza – broken down from the Greek ‘mukès rhiza’ (fungus root), implies a beneficial relationship for both parties (plants) involved. In a typical mycorrhiza relationship, the plant will provide the fungus with sugars from photosynthesis, and the fungus helps bring water and nutrients from the soil, to the plant. The fungi in these relationships can often act as protection for the plant from pathogens, as well as triggering self-defense chemicals in the attached plant. This allows for ‘priming’, which means quicker and more effective immune responses in the future.