Root Absorption for Grapes
In general, plant root 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 hyphae that extend well beyond the reach of the roots. Studies show mycorrhizae expand root asborption surface area by up to 50x.
Because grape quality is so closely tied to sugar content, expanded root access is important. In grapes, MycoApply helps maintain fruit quality and quantity which translates into higher brix by season’s end. As a result of the fungi’s hyphal growth beyond the root zone that expands the access to nutrients and water, this allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.