Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Banana

Water penetration and holding capacity are dependent on soil structure including aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.

Because of their shallow root system, Banana productivity relies heavily on consistent access to water and nutrients. The enhanced soil structure allows for more nutrients and water to be more accessible to the plant uptake.

The four-species consortium of symbiotic, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in MycoApply® aids the columnal (vertical) formation of the soil structure which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soil profile, as well as promoting pore development that helps retain water until it is absorbed by the plant and/or AMF. In a poorly structured soil, the soil’s platelets lay horizontal instead of vertical which results in the development of hard pans that prevent water to penetrate beyond the hard pan. When a rain event occurs, poorly structured soil will develop water-logged areas from shallow pools of water instead of water penetration throughout the soil profile.