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Why use mycorrhiza products

Why use mycorrhiza?

When mycorrhiza or root fungi are working together with plant roots in symbiosis they both have their advantages of this cooperation. Mycorrhizas reach into the smallest corners of the soil you are using, something the relative thick plant root never will achieve and mycorrhiza play a big role in releasing minerals for uptake and are for the greater part responsible for the plants moisture household. In exchange for all this the plant roots provide them with carbohydrates and they live together in harmony in the soil.

A plant root functions like a sponge and is mainly capable to take up soluble nutrients. Mycorrhizas have the ability by using enzymes to release the right minerals and trace elements for the plants at exactly the moment the plant needs these the most. By this use of enzymes the mycorrhiza are always able to dissolve mineral and organic components to make these available for the plant in need.

Endo mycorrhizas are fungi which do not form carpophores or fruit bodies. They live in the soil during their entire life cycle. They grow inside the plant roots and reproduce themselves via the roots of existing plants and trees to create an extensive network in the soil.  Worldwide there are only 143 known species of endo mycorrhizae and of which only 15 species commonly grow on most plants.

Endo Mycorrhizal fungi form microscopic filaments, also known as hyphea, from 3 to 15 microns (0.4 mm) in size which are capable to grow up to one meter far from the plant roots they have colonized. These hyphae are less sensitive to a lack of oxygen than plant roots. The spores of these endo mycorrhizae are formed on the mycelium and germ at newly formed plant roots. For the best results they should always be inoculated at transplanting your plants to come in contact with young active plant roots.

To accomplish the best colonization it is of great importance that the delicate branched uptake roots first get in contact with the mycorrhiza. Colonization is only possible when the delicate branched uptake roots come in contact with germinative spores. This depends on a number of factors. Due to the fact that the delicate branched roots rarely live longer as 3 weeks, it is of great importance that the colonization happens in a rapid way. If this colonization succeeds the uptake roots are able to live for up to 2 years. If the colonization fails, the root tip will die and its organic matter will become available in the soil. Science has shown that only 3 - 4% of the soil is rooted with these delicate branched roots. Knowing this it is very important to apply plenty of germinative spores in the soil where the delicate branched roots develop and grow.

Without and with mycorrhiza

root without mycorrhiza root with mycorrhiza