Root Absorption for Alfalfa
In general, plant root access 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 root absorption area through branching AMF filaments, or hyphae, that extend well beyond the reach of the roots. Studies show mycorrhizae expand root absorption surface area by up to 50x.
Alfalfa is highly responsive to mycorrhizae, inoculated at the time of seeding. Because alfalfa produces a large biomass and is harvested multiple times per season, the plant benefits dramatically from the expanded root access. MycoApply helps achieve better, more efficient water and nutrient uptake which in turn delivers more consistent stress mitigation, nutrient and water efficiency and production of biomass.