Root Absorption for Root & Tuber Vegetables
In general, plant root zone expansion is a highly desirable outcome for any cultural or product-based aspect of crop production. Roots are a plant’s lifeline to water and nutrients that directly impact productivity. MycoApply® biorational soil health products, based on a four-species consortium of beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), achieve this goal by expanding the plant’s absorption area through branching AMF filaments, or hyphae, that extend well beyond the reach of the roots.
With root and tuber vegetables, the fruit is in the root itself which usually are less efficient with less access to soil nutrients and water. Mycorrhizal fungi increase the root absorption area of the root system through the hyphal network, producing a better quality crop.
As a result of the fungi’s hyphal network, the plant’s root absorption area will expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.