Abiotic Stress Mitigation for Fruiting Vegetables
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.
In commercial fruiting vegetable production systems, fruiting vegetables are grown to produce high volume high quality fruit for fresh picking and processing. If the plant is too stressed during flowering, the plant can abort flowers. If the plant cannot access the required nutrients, production and fruit quality are affected from nutrient deficiencies. The four-species consortium of mycorrhizae in MycoApply® helps plants acquire water and nutrients efficiently under both optimal and stressful conditions – with minimal energy requirements from the plant. This optimizes productivity for yield and fruit quality.