Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Oil Palm
Water penetration and holding capacity are dependent on soil structure and aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.
With a strong focus on quick development, oil palm relies on access to water and nutrients to more quickly establish and enter into fruit production. The improved soil structure allows for better access to water and nutrients which helps the crop grow stronger, quicker.
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. Studies also show that mycorrhizae expand the root absorption area by up to 50x, dramatically expanding the active root zone and allowing the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the plant root would not otherwise access.