According to a new study conducted by the Southwest University of China, the Ceriporia lacerata fungus could reduce the use of inputs in tomato crops.
The team of university scientists led by Jianguo Huang has studied a specific strain of Ceriporia fungus, which is harmless to tomatoes.
When the fungus grows on trees, it produces enzymes such as proteases and phosphatases to obtain nutrients from the immediate environment. In doing so, the fungus in question releases nutrients (including those previously delivered in fertilizers) which would otherwise remain "trapped" in the natural soil compounds. These nutrients can then be absorbed by plants.