Root Absorption for Sugarcane
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.
Because sugarcane is has a high vegetative biomass that requires sufficient nutrient and water uptake, root absorption area expansion can have a significant impact on quality and yield. Allowing for better access to available nutrients, expanded root absorption area works to create stronger, more established canes that will continue through the ratoon crops.
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.