Is a highly-beneficial soil fungus which, once applied to plant roots, lives for the life of that particular plant. WhenáMykosáfungi colonize a ôhostö plantÆs root system, it spreads out thin fungal filaments called ôhyphaeöáfrom the root surface into the surrounding soil. These hyphae spread out far beyond the reach of the root hairs and access vastly-larger amounts of soil (up to a thousand times more), retrieving otherwise inaccessible stockpiles of nutrients and water. This nutrient ôsuper-miningö effect, is one reason why a partnership betweenáMykosáand plants so highly-beneficial.áMykoságreatly increases plantsÆ ability to absorb and compete for precious soil nutrients.
What Benefits Will Mykos Deliver?
Superior Nutrient Management:
Mykosáis the ôquarterbackö and ôgatekeeperö of the soil microbe team.áMykosádirects the activity of a wide range of beneficial microbes (Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria) and barters for nutrients on behalf of the host plant. It transports carbohydrates to ôPGPBÆsö and returns essential elements back to the plant. When a plant requires more ômanganeseö,áMykosánegotiates a supply based upon availability. When a healthy, dynamic soil is loaded witháMykos, ôPGPBÆsö, and nutrient supplies, growth potential is at its greatest and plant defense mechanisms are at their stongest.
Plants focus a large percentage of their energy on obtaining nutrients and moisture from the soil. The amount of nutrients and moisture that plants can obtain are limited by two factors: the size of the root zone and the ôingestabilityö of the nutrients available.
Mykosárelieves plants of both these limits.áMykosátakes over the roots job, efficiently mining an exponentially larger amount of soil, and by breaking-down nutrients into a form that plants can use. Although many are unaware of this fact, it is nearly impossible for plants to transports to your roots for ingestion (much like a mother spoon feeding her baby). Plants utilizingáMykosánow have the ability to focus their energy on doing what a plant is meant to do û grow.
And grow they do.
Mykosáincreases overall plant biomass and yield by up to 300%! In fact,
Mykosáis responsible for growing 4 world record-breaking giant vegetables
as well as shattering 5 country records, and 12 state records.
Increased Disease Suppression and Pest Resistance:
Plants produce ôprimary metabolitesö such as carbohydrates, sugars, and proteins which are expressed as growth and biomass. They also produce ôsecondary metabolitesö such as terpenes, alkaloids, and phenol compounds. These function as defense compounds for plants and beneficial microbes play a key role in supplying many of the micro-nutrients, such as manganese, that are required to produce these compounds..áMykosáfungi also naturally produce arbruscules within the roots that contain disease- supressing phenols. When a root pathogen attacks a root with arbruscules , the arbruscules release a natural fungicide that takes it out. The growth structure ofáMykosáalso increases plant defense capabilities.áMykosÆámycelium (the mass of hyphae that form the vegetative part of the fungus) reach out into the soil in web-like patterns, much like the webs spun by spiders, only on a microscopic level. These webs act as ôbioprotectionö against many soil-borne pathogens such as species of Phytophthora, Pythium, Aphanomyces, Cylindrocladium, Fusarium, Macrophomina, Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinium, Verticillium, Thielaviopsis, and various nematodes.
Increased Drought Resistance:
One of the fastest ways to kill a plant is to cut off its water supply. A clear example of this can be seen upon returning from a week or two of vactation and realizing that the plants in your front yard have all perished û you forgot to ask your neighbor to water them.áMykosáoffers a solution to this problem. Your average plant in a home garden is limited to its root zone for accessing water. In most cases, this is a matter of just a few square feet of soil. Taking into account abiotic factors in your garden environment, such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and limited precipitation, forgetting to water your plants can reak devastation upon your garden.áMykosáovercomes these factors by delivering a biotic solution û extensive hyphal networking.
MykosÆ mycellium reach hundreds and sometimes thousands of times further into soil.áMykosáwill go out and find moisture from the far side of your yard and transport it back to your plant for sustenance.áMykosáacts as a mode of transportation taking moisture and nutrients from areas of availability and delivering them to where they are needed most, your plant zone.
Improved Soil Texture:
Mykosæámycellium permeate the soil and utilize glomalin (a glycoprotein produced abundantly on the hyphae and spores of endo-mycorrhizae in soil and in roots, which is important to soil carbon storage) to clump individual clay particles into aggregates, thereby improving oxygen in the root zone. Higher levels of oxygen allow for rapid increases of beneficial aerobic bacteria, which solubalize phosphorus, process nutrients and minerals into a form plants can use, and fixate nitrogen (ieáAZOSáû Azospirillum brasiliense rhizobacterium).
As glomalin transforms compacted clay deposits into a granular texture, improving air flow, it also improves upon the
Mykosáfungi, which are aerobic organisms themselves. An increase ináMykosácell-reproduction, in turn, allows for an increase in nutrient uptake, an increase in the bio-activity of the soil, and a healthier, larger, faster growing plant.
WhenáMykosáfungi inoculate a root system, they effectively take control of the plant rootsÆ ôdecision making processö.áMykosáregulates what nutrients are and are not ingested by plant roots, Due to this quasi-intellectual ability,áMykosáeffectively screens-out what the roots ingest, including the intake of potentially harmful elements.áMykosáfeeds your plants the nutrients they need, when they need them, while blocking-out those which may cause harm. This detoxification ability allows foráMykos-inoculatedáplants to out-survive competing plants in a given region. As Herbert Spencer first stated, and Darwin later agreed, in nature ôItÆs survival of the fittest.ö .Mykos ensures plants survival.
Decreased Fertilizer Necessity:
Mykosámines up to 1000 times more soil than ordinary root systems, allowing access to vastly larger stockpiles of nutrients and moisture. Also,áMykosáimproves the nutrient recycling process, optimizing the use of nutrient already present in the soil.áMykosáinoculated plants are exceptionally efficient at maximizing the use of available nutrients, minimizing the necessity of high-NPK fertilizers. In fact,áMykos-inoculatedplants require 50 -75% less fertilizer than thosewithout. WitháMykos,áa low-NPK fertilizer goes a long way.
Increased Nutrient Content:
Mykosáincreases the nutrients within your fruits and vegetables.áMykosásolublizes both macro and micro nutrients more effectively than ordinary plant root systems, increasing the amounts ingested by your plants and minimizing fertilizer run-off. With conventional fertilizing methods, specifically chemical fertilizers, up to 85% of nitrogen is lost to run-off. This fertilizer run-off can seep into water sources, causing algae blooms and reeking havoc and devastation upon natural ecosystems. WitháMykos, run-off is minimized and the nutrient content of your crop is maximized.áMykosádelivers both healthier and tastier fruits and vegetables, while helping to promoteáeco-frientdly means of crop production.
In an agricultural setting, sustainability is currently applied with the goal of conserving the productive capacity of the land, while minimizing energy and resource inputs (ie fertilizers) through the use of optimized nutrient recycling. In other words, the aim of sustainable agriculture is to establish nutrient dynamics that supply nutrients at the right time according to plant needs (Oberson et al 1993).
The essential role ofáMykosáin sustainable ecosystems is beyond doubt.áMykosÆáability to dictate nutrient recycling rates and patterns, through the altering of plant resource aquisition and plant production, is key to achieving a sustainable balance. Plant nutrients are recycled through several means: seed consumption, nectar feeding, grazing, loss of soluble exudates, active extraction by organisms (both mutualistic and parasitic), and through the decomposition of plant structures (ie root exudation). Over the last 450 million years, the morphogenesis ofMykosÆámycellium has evolved into a dynamically-efficient means of capturing, converting, and recycling nutrients for use by plants.áMykoseffectively delivers the soil structure needed to allow or biologically-driven, sustainable crop-production.