What are Mycorrhizae?
The word "Mycorrhizae" literally means "fungus-roots" and defines the beneficial relationship between soil fungi and plant roots.
About 95% of the worlds land plants form Mycorrhizal relationships in their native habitats. It is estimated that Mycorrhizal fungal filaments explore hundreds to thousands more soil volume compared to roots alone.Click here to see Mycorrhizal pine seedlings growing in a glass box. Miles of white fungal filaments radiate from the root system of these little trees.
Do I need to add Mycorrhizae?
In today's man-made environments plants can be greatly stressed. Environments often suffer from man-made disturbances like asphalt, concrete, compaction, top soil loss, and the absence of quality organic matter. These conditions reduce the ability of the Mycorrhizal fungus to survive and thrive. The relationship between fungi and roots are important.
Artificial landscapes impact the Mycorrhizae relationship. Many nursery and agricultural soils lack Mycorrhizae due to excessive and long-term uses of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Without the Mycorrhizal fungi, plants require more water and nutrients and are more susceptible to infestations of insects and diseases than they would in their natural environments.
Cagwin & Dorward can inoculate soils with BioGROW spores that are specific to particular plants and soils. If you would like to know more click here to e-mail our customer service.