Root Absorption for Peanut
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.
For peanut, productivity is measured in the number of pods produced, nuts per pod, size of nuts and nut quality. Peanuts also benefit from multiple beneficial organisms to achieve a quality crop, which relies on nutrient availability during development. Because a larger active root zone leads to better access to water, phosphorus, and other important micro-nutrients, MycoApply can help a peanut plant be more productive producing a higher quality crop.
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.