Achieve Higher Yields And Reach Carbon Zero Goals With Mycorrhizal Fungi.

As farmers, you will be using a range of methods to ensure you’re getting the best yield and quality from your crops each year. You have ways to reduce the damages wrought by adverse weather conditions and to protect your investment so your crops remain healthy and productive. 

We would like to suggest adding Mycorrhizal fungi to your ‘toolkit’ in order to help you achieve your goals as a food producer.  

Not heard of Mycorrhizal fungi? If you’d like to understand how it can improve your growing operation, keep reading as we highlight the extraordinary benefits it can have, not just on your crops, but the environment too! 

Not enough time to read this blog? Watch this video here to hear from Dan Grotzky, the co-founder of Groundwork BioAg, the producer of the first mycorrhizal seed treatment in the world, and hear how Mycorrhizal fungi can positively impact your crops and contribute to Carbon Zero.

What Is Mycorrhizal Fungi? 

Mycorrhizal fungi are a natural and vital component of healthy soil. The fungi attach to plant roots and form vast networks of tiny, thread-like structures through the soil. In fertile soils, these fungi are abundant, with hundreds of kilometres of threads existing in just a pinch of soil.

Unfortunately, modern farming practices have led to the depletion of these beneficial microbes effectively removing both harmful and helpful organisms alike.

Mycorrhizal fungi exist in two main forms: ectomycorrhizal fungi, which remain outside plant roots, and endomycorrhizal fungi, which penetrate into the roots. Both types enhance the plant’s ability to absorb more water and nutrients. In return, the plant supplies the fungi with sugars, creating a mutually beneficial relationship that helps both thrive.

These fungi effectively extend the plant roots which massively increases their surface area. This allows them to reach nutrients beyond the natural grasp of the roots. The superfine fungal strands are thinner than the smallest root hairs, enabling them to penetrate soil areas inaccessible to roots alone.

They also produce enzymes that break down nutrients that are otherwise unavailable to the plant, particularly phosphorus. These nutrients are then transported to the root zone, making them readily available and more easily absorbed by the plant.

Our range of Rootella products offers various Endomycorrhizal fungi formulations tailored to different agricultural needs, available in both granular and fine powder forms, each packed with high concentrations of live organisms. Rootella is BioGro certified and suitable for most crops, particularly effective when applied at planting. 

To ensure you select the best formulation for your specific crops, we recommend consulting with your agricultural retail representative or contacting us directly at Roots, Shoots & Fruits. 

Benefits to your crops include: 

Boosted nutrient absorption

Mycorrhizal fungi essentially extend the root system of your crops, allowing them to tap into a larger volume of soil for minerals and water. This partnership is particularly beneficial in low-phosphorus conditions and helps in the uptake of organic forms of nitrogen, significantly enhancing growth and yield.

Soil stability

Just as roots are crucial for soil stability and erosion prevention, the filamentous strands of Mycorrhizal fungi play a similar role. With Rootella, your soil structure is enhanced to retain water and nutrients even during extreme weather, making your crops far more drought-resistant and stable in high-stress periods.

Disease resistance

Studies have indicated that the nutritional boost crops gain from Mycorrhizal fungi enhances their resistance to diseases. The fungi’s network also acts as a barrier in the soil, shielding your crops from pathogenic invaders and even transmitting chemical signals to help plants prepare and defend against potential threats.

Supporting crops at all stages of growth

Our Rootella products are specifically designed to prepare your crops right from seed germination, offering protection throughout the plant’s life cycle. Despite the unpredictable challenges of climate change, our organically certified solutions support your move towards more resilient and sustainable agriculture.

Reaching Carbon Zero With Mycorrhizal Fungi & Carbon Sequestration.

Mycorrhizal fungi play a crucial role in achieving our carbon-zero goals by combating global warming. As trees and plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, a significant portion of this carbon travels down to their roots and into the extensive networks created by Mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi act as vital conduits, transferring carbon into the soil where it can be securely stored. The expansive web of these fungi holds the potential to sequester vast amounts of carbon, significantly impacting our efforts to mitigate climate change. This process of capturing and storing carbon is carbon sequestration.

According to research from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the degradation of soils through unsustainable practices has released enormous quantities of carbon into the atmosphere. However, their studies also highlight how restoring these lands with practices that include promoting healthy Mycorrhizal fungi populations can effectively reverse this trend through carbon sequestration. By reintroducing these organisms, we can not only reduce atmospheric CO2 but also enhance soil fertility and resilience against environmental stressors like floods and drought.

Ultimately, Mycorrhizal fungi are not just beneficial for plant growth; they are environmental superheroes that help maintain our planet’s health. By supporting soil rich in these fungi, farmers and growers do more than produce food; they actively contribute to a healthier world.

Discover the critical role Mycorrhizal fungi play in carbon storage and mitigating climate change here.

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