Root Absorption for Citrus
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. VBC’s 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.
An expanded active root zone is especially important for citrus because of fruit’s large biomass and the crop’s marketability being reliant on sugar production. By expanding the root’s absoprtion area, MycoApply gives the plant better access to nutrients and water which correlate with the quality of the fruit.
As a result of the fungi’s hyphal colonization, root zone volume can expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.