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fungus on cocoa hull mulch

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What is the fungus that grows on cocoa bean mulch, and is it harmful to woody plants?

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Decomposing cocoa bean mulch will host many different kinds of decay fungi. They do not have the ability to invade healthy tissue. That said, if there is a wound or a natural opening on a an otherwise healthy plant, it could be invaded by a fungal organism, yet not those typically breaking down cocoa bean mulch. Seek out additional local information from your local Extension Service for a more focus response.

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