Modern agriculture has broken the living rhizospheric ecosystem, which is essential to plant life and crop health. Rootella® literally brings life back into soils, so farmers can let their ground work.
Mycorrhizae have a direct impact on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:
Some of the mechanisms that are instrumental in these environmental benefits are described below:
Thwarting the Phosphorus Crisis
The impact of mycorrhizae on the potential reduction of phosphorus consumption is dramatic. Phosphorus (P) is a chemical element that is essential for plants and is non-renewable. Most plants are able to absorb about only 15% of the phosphorus fertilizer, leaving 85% for run-off and leading to massive excess fertilization, which causes contamination of water sources and soil and blue algae pollution, not to mention lost funds invested in wasted chemical fertilizer. Mycorrhizae are able to dissolve and actively absorb phosphorus, mobilizing it from wide soil surfaces into the plant. The end result is significant savings in phosphorus fertilizer consumption.
Glomalin for Carbon Sequestration
Mycorrhizal fungi are the only known organisms to produce glycoproteins called glomalin (incidentally named after the Glomus genus). Glomalin is a sticky substance that acts as “soil glue” that permeates organic matter and binds it to silt, sand and clay. It is what gives soil its tilth – that smooth granular texture of quality soil. Glomalin simultaneously invigorates the soil, adds to soil structure and sequesters atmospheric carbon that is passed through the symbiont plants. Studies have shown that glomalin accounts for 27% of carbon in soil, making it one of the most significant carbon sinks on earth.