Abiotic Stress Mitigation for Citrus
There are a variety of stresses a plant can experience through the production cycle, many dependent on the growing region, soil type, and the unique production systems for a given crop. The symbiotic relationship that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) form with a plant can dramatically mitigate the impact of these stresses, particularly when multiple stresses occur at the same time. Water and nutrient deficiencies and soil toxicity are common examples of abiotic stresses that the plant may incur during a growing season.
Because they are grown in high heat and produce fruit with a large biomass over an extended period of time, water uptake is very important. High stress in citrus can negatively affect sugar content and the resulting marketability of the crop. The four-species consortium of mycorrhizae in MycoApply® expands root absorbency and helps plants take up water and nutrients efficiently under stressful conditions with minimal energy requirements from the plant. This stress mitigation benefit optimizes the productivity capabilities of plants for yield and quality.