Articles, News and Testimonials
The Real Dirt on Restoration – Land & Water Nov/Dec 04
A Symbiotic Relationship – Erosion Control Sept/Oct 03
Ammendments Give Soil a Strong Constitution – Erosion Control Sept/Oct 2006
The Rose of Soil Organisms in Restoration – USDS Forest Service PNW-GTR-461 pp 179-189 1999
The influence of Fertilization Regime and Myco Inoc on Outplanting Success – Tim Meikle and Michael Amaranthus
Revegetating After a Wildfire – Erosion Control Nov./Dec. 2004 Amaranthus and Russell
News Posts – by Dr.Mike
Testimonials from our customers
I have had dealings with a company named Mycorrhizal Applications Inc. and I can honestly say that there has always been a level of excellent customer service and helpful advice that has never wavered from the first instance I had contact with them from day one. Of course they are much bigger now and no doubt turning into another corporate big boy, but from what I still experience in dealing with them, their personal hands-on touch has never been lost. I had originally made contact with them through references from Mike Evans co-owner of one of my favourite Cal-Native Plant sources called Tree of Life Native Plants Nursery. He told me they had an excellent mycorrhizal mix that he had ever used for Manzanitas which can be touchy for many folks to grow and care for if they are unfamilar to the plants needs. Mycorrhizal Applications Inc’s new website is very flash and sophisticated. Compare it to the simple generic original and you wouldn’t know it was the same site. The owner of the company is Mike Amaranthus and he use to have a Ask Dr Mike feature which has long since been eliminated and I can understand why. They’ve grown tremendously and have taken on a fair amount other employees as his success has required a generous amount of backup in the form of larger staff.
They also now have a great number of distrbutors for which have helped them ease the workload from the company which is based in Grant Pass, Oregon. Incredibly, I have also had great dealings with a couple distributors or affiliates of theirs and found the same personable customer service and advice offerings. So apparently they also did their homework on just who was going to represent them in the global field. One of the things that hasn’t changed and folks should see for themselves is the educational program and simple common illustrations for educating and getting the average person excited about not only a better way or approach to successful gardening, landscaping, agriculture or environmental habitat restoration, but also the ability to reach a persons heart for deep down appreciation of just how things work in nature without alot of Intellect Speak to be boring and yet just enough of the right terminology to show the amount in depth understanding of their own proprietory technologies.
Timeless Environments Article
Hi Dr. Mike,
… I watched the program on Modern Marvels and have since decided that we are now using and specifying mycorrhizae for all plantings except wetland tubers on all of our projects. We’ve been using it for our nusery mixes and for out-plantings of other grower’s container plants, but now we will be incorporating it in all of our seeding and hydroseeding projects as well. I do hope that you guys keep up the good work and we all will keep spreading the word.
President Restoration Resources
Our last experiment involved growing different plants, both in monoculture and co-existing with other species, in the presence of ambient AMF, your commercial AMF and no AMF. Plants were grown for 12 weeks in the greenhouse in soil from a re-vegetation project on Highway 70 north of Davis. All the plants that were inoculated with AMF had a high percent colonization (50-75%). In addition, plants grown with your inoculum or ambient AMF, for the most part, had the highest plant biomass when compared to no AMF. The only exception was Bromus hordeicous, an annual weed, which had the highest plant biomass with no AMF. Otherwise, depending on the plant and whether it was grown in monoculture or with another plant, sometimes your inoculum produced the highest plant biomass and sometimes ambient AMF produced the highest biomass. When I’m finished writing the report, I’ll be sure and send you a copy.Ryan O’Dell, a co-worker in the lab, always had some very positive results with your inoculum, compared to zero AMF, and is in the process of writing up those results. So…we very much appreciate having a reliable source of commercial AMF.
Vicki Klaassen Ph.D
Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCD