Mycorrhizae are fungi that live in a mutually beneficial relationship with plants. Intensive farming has depleted much of the biology of agricultural soils including mycorrhizae. When they co-exist mycorrhizae make a significant difference to a plant’s ability to use soil nutrients. They do this by forming a living web in and around the roots which acts as root extensions, bringing nutrients back to the plant. In effect they extend the root mass many times over.
While the vast majority (>90%) of plants can form a connection with a mycorrhizal fungi, it is often difficult to optimize this in cultivation for a number of reasons. Firstly, we often sterilize soil (chemically and by heat) to kill off unwanted pests, pathogens and weeds. These treatments also kill mycorrhizae. Other practises that will kill or damage mycorrhizae include seed sterilization, fungicide application, ploughing, rotation excessive fertilizer application and waterlogged soils. After such events, we recommend reseeding the soil/growing media with BioRoote to allow new mycorrhizal connections to form.
Some plants have a preference for certain species of mycorrhizae, and some of these fungi thrive in different soil types. This is the reason why we include multiple fungal strains in BioRoote. This way we improve the chances that a good connection is formed with all your plants.
Benefits of the BioRoote mycorrhizal fungi
- Assist plant with capture of nutrients and water.
- Protect the plant against both environmental stress and attack by pathogens.
- Contribute to the build-up of stable humus and thereby to a better soil structure retaining more carbon.
When grass seed is sown with BioRoote germination is faster and much more uniform, and root development is far greater.
How to apply BioRoote
Apply at 2.5kg/ha in situations where it will come into contact with the root easily (i.e. At planting or worked in after top dressing). Higher dosages required if not worked into the soil or growing media.
Consult safety and technical data sheets above for further details.
BioRoote is approved for use in organic cultivation by the Organic Farmers and Growers Association.