Root Absorption for Stone 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 stone fruit, newly planted transplant establsishment is essential to increase the return on investment of new plantings. MycoApply helps establish new trees, especially weak cultivars and rootstocks, into production sooner as well as an increased survival rate. Established stone fruit trees benefit from symbiosis relationships with mycorrhizal fungi for nutrient and water absorption as root systems become less efficient. As a result of the mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, active root zone access can expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.