The overlooked importance of mycorrhizal fungi as pest control agents
MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI (VESICULAR ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAE)
Mycorrhizal fungi powder forms symbiotic relationships with plants at the root level. These fungi enshroud and, in some cases, penetrate the structure of plant roots to form an intimate connection that facilitates a 2-way nutrient exchange. The mycelium of mycorrhizal fungi powder essentially extends the roots system of their associated plants to help the plants easily draw in nutrients, minerals, and water from afar. In return, the mycorrhizal plant provides the fungus with photosynthesized sugars.
Benefits of mycorrhiza fungi powder
Improve plant root growth and development
Increase the uptake and mobilization of phosphate in all crops
Increase and facilitate nutrient and translocation from the soil and root cuticle parenchyma to Xylem, Phloem, elements like nitrogen, potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, Sulphur, and molybdenum
Effective in overcoming the stress condition like drought, disease incidence, and deficiency of the crop
Enhance product quality and increase the immune power of the crop
Mycorrhiza supplements root hair in water absorption hence preventing reduction in crop relative water content of cells and helps to overcome drought.
Extension of Corn Root Surface Area through Mycorrhizal Fungi
Mycorrhizal organisms (fungi) shape relationship with the underlying foundations of plants, for example, with the corn developing in this outline. The growths associate with the root hairs of the corn and expand their hyphae through the soil, along these lines “broadening” the root surface territory of the plant. This gives a chance to exchange carbon and supplements with the organisms while additionally expanding the dependability of the soil and the dampness maintenance in the soil.
Mycorrhiza Application methods
The following table gives details on Application methods and doses for the different formulations
Mix Mycorrhiza with crude sugar insufficient water to make a slurry and coat seeds and dry in shade and sow/broadcast/dibble in the field. Do not store treated/coated seeds for more than 24 hrs.
Mycorrhiza Fungi can be used as under:
Mix at recommended doses with compost and apply at the early life stages of the crop along with other biofertilizers
Mix Mycorrhiza powder at recommended doses of insufficient water and drench soil at early leaf stage/ 2-4 leaf stage / early crop life cycle
Drip Irrigation: If there are insoluble particles, filter the solution and add it to the drip tank.
Long duration crops / Perennial / Orchard crops: Dissolve Mycorrhiza powder at recommended doses of insufficient water and apply as a drenching spray near the root zone twice a year. It is recommended to have the first application before the onset of the main monsoon/rainfall/ spring season and the second application after the main monsoon/rainfall/autumn/ fall season.
Dosage and method of Application
Dosage : 4kgs per acre.
Soil Treatment : Mix 4kgs of Mycorrhiza powder in 50 Kgs of well decomposed fym, compost, vermi-compost or field soil. Spread the mixture uniformly in 1 acre of land.
Application Frequency : Treat the soil before sowing and repeat 30 days after sowing.
Shelf Life & Packaging
Shelf life : Best before 24 months, Stored in room temperature.
Packaging : 1 Kg. Pouch.
The presence of mycorrhizal fungi is a part as vital to sustainable agricultural production as our own intestinal flora is to our nutrition. Mycorrhizal fungi, alongside beneficial bacteria, form the basis of the soil ecosystem and are the first organisms that really break down the nutrients present there into a form that is truly available for plants to use them. [Read more]