Root Absorption for Pome Fruits
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.
In pome fruit, there are differences in cultivars for transplant establishment and productivity. MycoApply helps establish new transplant trees get established into production quicker. Healthier trees, especially weaker root stock varieties benefit from the symbiosis relationship with mycorrhizal fungi and the benefits of nutrient and water uptake during stressful conditions. 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.