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Water
Posted: 16 May 2007

There is a direct relationship between plant growth and water. To turn a desert around you'd also need water, so I'm wondering where this would come from or how it could be moved over a long distance inland? The concept of mist/fog harvesting nets could be applied to the fungus (see http://www.springerlink.com/content/w1w2004511816024/) but I am not sure this would help further inland. Maybe one can adopt Lovelock's concept of a "super organism" (see http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?no=224237&rel_no=1). If the fungal mass formed an integrated web of life - it could maybe transport the moisture from cell to cell and sustain new growth deep in the desert.

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Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for over 50 years. The fungi live in a symbiotic relationship with plant roots and attract the necessary nutrients and moisture towards the roots. As the detritus from these scrubby plants decays and adds to the organic content of the ...
 
Doug Vining Water Find 'May End Darfur War' - [BBC] A huge underground lake has been found in Sudan's Darfur region, scientists say, which they believe could help end the conflict in the arid region.
Some of this water also lies beneath Egypt.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6904318.stm
Posted: 23 July 2007 at 07:59
 
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