Abiotic Stress Mitigation for Leafy 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.
Because leafy vegetables typically have shallow to moderate root systems, leafy vegetables mostly rely on smaller root zone access to available nutrients. Mycorrhizal fungi hyphae will expand the root absorption area improving the plant’a ability to access nutrients and water with the resulting ability to tolerate stresses through the growing season.
In general, the four-species consortium of mycorrhizae in MycoApply® helps better prepare the crop to perform better under stress and to meet the market demands with quality yield. MycoApply helps plants acquire water and nutrients efficiently under both optimal and stressful conditions – with minimal energy requirements from the plant. The use of MycoApply over multiple seasons can improve nutrient efficiency and improved abiotic stress tolerance within the growing season and from improved soil structure in the long term.