Root Absorption for Fruiting 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.
Fruiting vegetables can benefit greatly from an expanded root zone access multiple harvests per growing cycle – meaning water and nutrients are continually being removed from the cropping system. A more expansive absorption area helps these plants continue to produce a quality fruit throughout the season.
Studies show that as a result of the fungi’s hyphal network, mycorrhizae expand root surface area by up to 50x. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.