Root Absorption for Cotton
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.
Cotton derives particularly strong benefits from mycorrhizae through an expanded root zone. Cotton is grown under stressful conditions that can limit water and nurtrient availability throughout the growing cycle. Access to water and nutrients is especially critical to production of the highest quality fiber.
As a result of the mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, mycorrhizae can expand root absorption surface area by up to 50x. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.