Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Australian STORY- Soap or substance on salinity?

Now that we have had a chance to review the video and land /water issues in the widden valley, a brief outline of the works significance is available from johnniem

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A close up view of fungal hyphae filling up space Posted by Hello

Fungi expand rapidly but only on the surface of soil  Posted by Hello

Crop Circles, UFO's , fungi and brief autumnal opportunities for them

The soil shown was taken from a crop circle of knocked down vegetation last week near Irrewillipe . Fungi hyphae haven't got much internal strength or purpose in hanging around ,so they take the quick and easy way generally, compared to say plant roots . As a result, while they almost fully cover the open cracks of the cracking clays( see the photo attached) their penetration inside clods is minimal.(dark is clay surface obtained by breaking up solid clods , white is fungi hyphae) Growing on derived carbohydrate and sugars from the roots of crops in autumn, before the seeds and soil fauna get a chance to grow, they can extend themselves over wide areas near the surface. Presumably its the fruiting and most active sections at the perimeter which seed spores each year and knock down the existing vegetation, creating the circles on the growth perimeter. Will keep you posted. We are still going to check one evening to see if shy aliens are upon us . Non photosynthethic bacteria can take the same opportunity "to feed "at the end of the season - more on that subject in the spring.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Lake Colac - working with nature

The preservationists view of the lake is limiting its potentail Find out more tommorrow after "the solutions" are announced -we hope !