Nutrient Efficiency in Leafy Vegetables
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.
Leafy vegetables are grown under highly productive systems that require efficient access to nutrients and water to achieve a productive yield with quality. Mycorrhizal fungi hyphae expand the absorption area for nutrients and water by much as 50x. The growth of the hyphae into the soil positively impacts soil quality improving the ability of soils to hold water and nutrients.
In general, by extending the root’s effective zone of access through the mycorrhizal fungi hyphae, mycorrhizal fungi allow for better and faster nutrient uptake resulting in stronger, healthier plants. Over multiple seasons of use of MycoApply can improve soil health including soil structure which including nutrient efficiency.