Root Absorption for Rice
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.
Nutrient availability in flooded rice cropping systems can be difficult. Nitrogen is considered the key quality and quantity variable in rice. By expanding the absorption surface area in the active root zone, the rice plant gains more access to more nutrients that otherwise would be inaccessible by the rice plant. More consistent access to nutrients through the expanded root absorption area through the mycorrhizal fungi hyphae will improve the plant’s productivity and stand resilience under more stressful conditions.