Nutrient Efficiency in Cotton
Nutrient efficiency is the measure of how well a plant is able to utilize available nutrients in the soil. The four-species consortium of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi in MycoApply® extends the effective root zone of the plant, allowing it to access available as well as unavailable (chemically bound) nutrients and transport them into the plant. This symbiosis enhances the uptake and availability of nutrients and improves the plant’s expended energy – to – nutrient uptake ratio.
Because cotton is a perennial that is grown as an annual, it needs to access nutrients while it is producing. The nutrient efficiency of cotton is generally low and, while the tap root extends far into the soil, the nutrient uptake is generally limited.
By extending the root’s effective zone of access through mycorrhizal fungi hyphae, mycorrhizal fungi allow for efficient nutrient uptake resulting in a stronger, healthier plant. Studies show that mycorrhizae can expand root absorption area by up to 50x.