Mycoroot is developed from a fungi called Mycorrhiza which literally means “fungus root”. This is a beneficial fungi found in undisturbed soils that forms a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship with 90% of all plant roots. There are several types of mycorrhizal associations but, the most commonly encountered are the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi.
These beneficial fungi are nature’s own way of boosting plant growth and providing an intimate link with a more healthy soil environment.
The fungus grows by means of fungal filaments called hyphae that grow both inside and outside of the roots. The fungus is intimately associated with the plant roots providing a link between the soil and the plant.
This benefits the plant by extending the plant rooting system improving root functions which allow for better exploitation of the soil environment. They also increase surface area available for nutrient uptake and make nutrients soluble which are normally not accessible to plant roots. They influence the soil environment covered by the fungal filaments encouraging growth of beneficial bacteria and other non disease causing fungi. They ward off unwanted organisms which can cause plants diseases such as eelworms and root rot. They also produce a biological glue that promotes soil stability and increases moisture penetration and aeration of the soil. In return the fungus obtains sugars from the host plant.
- Increased uptake of nutrients and water
- Increased soil biological activity
- Improved soil structure and aeration
- Reduced effects from drought
- Reduced effects from root pathogens
- Reduced chemical inputs and environmental damage