Abiotic Stress Mitigation for Cotton
There are a variety of stresses a plant can experience through the production cycle, many dependent on growing region and the unique production systems for a given crop. Water and nutrient deficiencies and soil toxicity are common examples of abiotic stresses that the plant may incur during a growing season.
The symbiotic relationship that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) create with a plant helps to minimize the impact of these stresses, particularly when multiple stresses occur at the same time. By extending the root’s effective zone of access through mycorrhizal fungi hyphae, the four-species consortium of mycorrhizae in MycoApply® allows for better and faster nutrient uptake resulting in a stronger, healthier plant.
Cotton production systems are exposed to several abiotic stresses during the growing season. Cotton requires high temperatures for development, is a crop that is grown for optimized yield and quality with limited supplemental water impacting nutrient availability. MycoApply’s hyphal growth helps cotton plants acquire water and nutrients more efficiently while AMF hyphal expansion into the soil positively impacts soil structure that also mitigates the affect of these stresses.