Interview with Mr. Michael Schneider from Tyroler Glückspilze about mycorrhiza

Hello Everyone,

Today my post will be a continuation of a topic I used to write about not long ago. It is about mycorrhiza and symbiosis. After I have published my article on the blog, I have received some questions, likes and shares, so I thought, why not contact someone who is more expert in this field. I have decided to contact the company, whose product I am using Tyroler Glückspilze. I didn’t have to wait long, and I have received an answer from Mr. Michael Schneider, who works at the company.
I was really happy and honored to receive a positive answer from him and he was kind enough to answer all questions in details, plus made possible to bring stunning pictures. If you liked the interview, I encourage you to read more about mycorrhiza and symbiosis.

1. Tyroler Glückspilze is a company which specializes in various mushroom products – from human consumption to plant fertilizers. Could you please tell us about your products and the company?
Our team has more than 16 years of experience in the research of cultivation techniques for Edible, Medicinal and Exotic Mushrooms. Since 2012 we run production of high quality Organic / Bio Mushroom Products “Made in Tyrol” under the brand Tyroler Glückspilze®. Tyroler Gluckspilze® is manufacturer of valuable mushroom products for the areas of food, medicine and agriculture. Our product line includes organically (bio) grown medicinal mushrooms as nutrition supplements, organic (bio) edible mushrooms, mycorrhiza plant fertiliser and a wide range of mushroom spawn (“seeds” for mushroom growing) and substrates for professional mushroom cultivation and hobby growing.

2. Where did idea come from to start a business in (Bio) Fungiculture?

Since 1997, we have been investigating and collecting knowledge from universities and nurseries, undertook educational tours and conducted studies abroad, with result of having at our hands today a rather remarkable and comprehensive collection of mushroom mycelium cultures. With this history and building upon our over 16-year experience and partnership with the fungal organism, we have been able to establish the Mushroom Research Center Austria as a respected institution in the field, as well as the largest provider of mushroom cultivation supplies in central Europe. The aim is to establish Mushroom Cultivation in Austria as a new agricultural branch. Until now, 95% of the mushrooms consumed in Austria are imported. With our know-how, we have created the basis for an agriculturally relevant production in Austria.

3. You work with all kind of mushrooms, can you tell me a bit about where and how you produce these mushrooms?
Our mushrooms are grown in finest organic quality, we only use raw materials from organic farming, mainly from local suppliers. We run a 800m² mushroom spawn production laboratory in Innsbruck, where we also run small scale production and research trials. Once a production method is established and the needed production capacities get larger, we find a farmer and teach him, how to grow the mushrooms for our products at his farm.

4. You have many products to promote mycorrhiza, but why is it good and in what environment, do you recommend to use it?
Since about 40 years now the team play between Mycorrhiza-fungi and plants is of particular interest to science. Today you can benefit from this symbiosis and naturally stimulate growth and efflorescence of your plants. The name Mycorrhiza is composed of the Greek words mýkēs (‘fungus’) and rhíza (‘root’). Out in nature ‘mycorrhizal’ species and plant roots form a symbiotic relationship for mutual benefit. Fossil records have shown that this partnership developed about 500 million years ago, along with the colonisation of the dry land by the first plants.

Mycorrhiza boosts root growth, improves nutrient uptake, leaf growth and flowering and raises crop yields of 95% of all crop and decorative plants while reducing repotting stress, water- and fertiliser consumption as well as drought stress. We offer Mycorrhiza products for hobbyists and for professional users in four variations; as granular, powder to solubilize, seed inoculant and as tablets. We also developed special products for application in Agriculture.

5. Why is Tyroler Glückspilze’s mycorrhiza products different?
Our Mycorrhiza products are gained directly from the spores and are therefore of exceptionally high quality for users. Total count and concentration of active Mycorrhiza-fungi are significantly higher (total count 10 times more; concentration 1.000 times higher), compared to other products on the market, which are made of ground mycelium.

6. Could you tell us how to promote mycorrhiza? What are the steps to ensure the best result?
Mycorrhizal application is easy and requires no special equipment. The goal is to create physical contact between the mycorrhizal inoculant and the plant root. Mycorrhiza can be sprinkled onto roots during transplanting, worked into seed beds, blended into potting soil, “watered in” via existing irrigation systems, applied as a root dip gel or probed into the root zone of existing plants. The type of application depends upon the conditions and needs of the applicator. The best time to inoculate with Mycorrhiza is when sowing, respectively when planting the young plants early in the growing cycle – in that way you need less of the mycorrhiza material and the fungi will grow larger together with the plants. Of course also older, already lignified plants can be treated as well, especially when soil nutrient levels are low.

7. Once Mycorrhiza has been established, will it last for years or do I need to repeat the process every once in a while?
Mycorrhiza fungi colonize plant roots and extend the root system into the surrounding soil and live together with the plants. This symbiosis lasts as long as the plant lives. For plants like tomatoes, peppers, salad, etc. that are planted new every year, Mycorrhiza application is recommended every year. For trees and other perennial plants application is made only once in a plants live time.

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8. What is your experience, are people aware of the terms “mycorrhiza, symbiosis“?
During the last decades, the usage of chemical fertiliser and plant protection agents where pushed by large advertising campaigns. The knowledge of people how to threat plants in a natural way get lost. Since some years, people get more open to get back to the roots and run hobby gardening and agricultural production in a more sustainable way. Mycorrhiza Application helps to reduce fertiliser needs and make plants stronger against pests and plant diseases. Mycorrhiza can be used for organic farming as well as for conventional production as long as now fungicides are applied.

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mycorrhiza on the roots under microscope

9. Tyroler Glückspilze is a company with great potentials, what plans do you have for the future?
During the next years we will create innovative products and establish new areas of application for mushroom products for food, medicine, cosmetics, fertilizer, packaging, pesticides and more. Follow us on Facebook and visit our web page to get information about our new product releases.

One more time, I would like to thank Mr. Michael Schneider and Tyroler Glückspilze for the possibility to make this interview. I really hope my article and this interview encouraged you start using mycorrhiza products. On the long run, both your plants and your budget will experience a difference (less frequent watering and fertilizing), not to mention on succeed, it will be a great project for the whole family!

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