Root Absorption for Oil Palm
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 affect 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. Studies show mycorrhizae expand root absorption area by up to 50x.
For oil palm nursery development, expanding the root zone access of these plants has immediate benefits by virtue of being able to transplant nursery plants into the field resulting in highly improved stand establishment and quicker development of the palm into production. Once the palm has matured, MycoApply helps the palm produce faster and more consistent bunches through the longevity of the production.
As a result of the mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, root zone access can expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.