Root Absorption for Strawberries

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.

Strawberries benefit from this symbiotic relationship in several ways. Before planting, strawberry fields are fumigated, killing most beneficial soil microorganisms. Moreover, strawberry production includes continuous production stresses in the form of flowers and fruit which requires the plant to expend energy for uptake of large amounts of nutrients and water. In this aspect, the ability to efficiently and effectively uptake nutrients is critical to produce quality fruit.

As a result of the mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, root absorption area can expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.