Root Absorption for Cucurbit 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.
Because of the large fruit biomass produced with cultivated cucurbit crops, these vegetables rely heavily on nutrient and water availability throughout the growing cycle. The ability to mitigate stresses that might be created from nutrient and water availability will result in a higher quality fruit.
As a result of mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, root zone access is expanded dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.