Root Absorption for Tobacco
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.
Tobacco is traditionally grown on poorer quality soil, which exposes tobacco to more production stresses including nutrient and water availability. By increasing the plant’s active root access, the crop has better availability to nutrients and water within the soil through the growing cycle.
As a result of the 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.