What is Myco-Plantmatter?
Myco-Plantmatter is a Mycorrhizal fungi that has existed since the first plants appeared on dry land more than 450 million years ago. They form a close symbiotic relationship with your plants’ roots. They are called Mycorrhizae from the Greek words “mukés“, meaning fungus, and “rhiza,” meaning roots.
Mycorrhizal fungi act as a secondary root system that draws both nutrients and moisture from the soil. Also, it helps protect your plant from root diseases and other nasty soil pests. Another hard hitting benefit is that it aids with aeration and moisture penetration for your plant.
- Enhance water and nutrient uptake (especially phosphorus)
- Reduce irrigation requirements
- Reduce the need for fertilizer
- Increase drought resistance
- Increase pathogen resistance
- Increase plant health and stress tolerance
- Higher transplanting success
- Enhance root growth
- Tolerance to salt
- Tolerance to root rot
- Increase yields and crop quality
- Contribute to maintaining soil quality and nutrient cycling
- Contribute to controlling soil erosion
Without mycorrhizae, plants struggle to get nutrients from their roots. The reason being is that their roots require direct contact with the soil in order to absorb the nutrients effectively, and plant roots only grow so small. Fungi are incredible in that they are able to wedge their way in between individual bits of soil, covering the entire soil substance. This increases surface area and allows the plants much greater access to nutrients than they would have gotten by themselves.
Absorbing nutrients like phosphorus and magnesium, mycorrhizae are able to directly feed the plant’s roots with all the goodness it needs.
Your plant gives the mycorrhizae sugar and in turn, it receives nutrients, a symbiotic relationship!
Mycorrhizae can help protect plants against multiple diseases and toxins.
Mycorrhizae form an invaluable part of ecosystems around the world and can be found in some form or another in just about any ecosystem. In many places, whole forests and ecosystems wouldn’t exist at all without their mycorrhizal friends. The next time you’re walking in a forest and you see a mushroom growing out of the ground, be thankful and remember that there’s a whole world buzzing along beneath your feet.
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