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Mycormax plant starter safergro (mycorrhizal fungus)

Mycormax plant starter safergro (mycorrhizal fungus)

MYCORMAX is an inoculum of Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi (Glomous intraradices). It contains spores, colonized root fragments, and other propagules in a clay based carrier.

The word mycorrhiza is from the Greek origin "myco" meaning fungus and "rhiza" meaning roots. Mycorrhiza then means fungus roots and can be defined as a beneficial symbiotic relationship between plant roots and the mycorrhizal fungi in the soil.  The fungus penetrates plant roots to form a new organ called the mycorrhizae.

The mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial organisms that enhance plant growth and vitality. The mycorrhizae play an important and positive role in plant physiology, mineral nutrition, water absorption, hormone production, and disease resistance.  Cultural practices such as fumigation with fungicides, long fallow periods, frequent disking, land leveling and soil removal, and the application of acid and ammonia based fertilizers can contribute to a deficient level of mycorrhizae in the soil.Plants may exhibit nutrient deficiencies and reduced vigor with out the symbiotic relationship with the mycorrhizal fungi.

  • Increased absorption and translocation of essential plant nutrients including Phosphorus, Sulfur, Calcium, Zinc, and Copper
  • Provides a physical barrier against plant root pathogens and nematodes
  • Increased tolerance of environmental stress such as drought, high salinity, and heavy metal concentrations    
  • Increased plant growth and vigor
  • Provides soil stabilization as a result of the aggregation of soil particles
MYCORMAX is now improved with the addition of six new species of mycorrhizal fungi including:
Glomus intraradices (endo)
Main plant types: Herbs, Grasses and Succulents
Key Points:
  - Access organic forms of nitrogen and phosphorus
  - Harvests nitrogen from Botrytis sp.
  - Improves quality of turf grass and agricultural crops
  - Produces phosphotase enzyme which solubelizes inorganic phosphorus in the soil (most important quality)
Glomus mosseae (endo)
Main plant types: Woody Perennials
Key Points:
  - Nitrogen and phosphorus harvester
  - Micronutrient harvester
  - Nematode control (Hyphae attack nematode and suck out the internal matter)
  - Pathogen control (Produces antibiotics to suppress pathogenic organisms)
  - The most researched mycorrhizal fungi (over 1500 studies on this species)
Pisolithus tinctorius (ecto)
Main plant types: Oak, Nuts, and Conifers
Key Points:
  - Increases root mass
  - Pathogen control (Produces antibiotics to suppress pathogenic organisms)
  - Improves drought tolerance by preventing root shrinkage and increasing water uptake
  - Harvests nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus from soil
Scleroderma sp. (ecto)
Main plant types: All tress and bushes
Key Points:
  - Rapid early growth response on tree species of all types
  - Tolerant of very wet and very dry conditions
  - Heavy metal and other toxin resistance
  - Helps produce many short roots
  - Growth promoter
Laccaria bicolor (ecto)
Main plant types: Wide Host Range
Key Points:
  - Tolerant of high fertility
  - Cold and warm tolerant
  - Found in both high and low latitudes
  - Pathogen control (Produces antibiotics to suppress pathogenic organisms)

Plants send out feeder roots to absorb water and essential nutrients.  The mycorrhizal fungi present in MYCORMAX form a mantle of fungal hyphae around the plant roots.  Mycelial strands penetrate inward into the root cortex and out into the soil.  The mycorrhizae form a network of fungal "threads" in the soil increasing the surface area of the feeder roots resulting in greater absorption of essential plant nutrients.

MYCORMAX can be used on: Deciduous fruits, nuts, citrus, grapes, raspberries, cotton, vegetables, asparagus, corn, carrots, onions, garlic, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, melons, legumes, sadan grass, sorghum, turf grass, ornamental, horticultural, and nursery plants.

MYCORMAX can be applied directly to the soil and incorporated to a depth of 2-6 inches, directly to the planting hole, in mixing of bulk media, and in transplanting with MYCORMAX Biological Transplant Starter tea bags.

MYCORMAX and PROMOT have been shown to have a synergistic effect when used in conjunction with one another.

Why do Soils Need MYCORMAX?

The mycorrhizal fungi n any soil may be diminished as a result of natural occurrences such as extreme heat or an absence of plant growth. The beneficial fungi may also be diminished as a result of cultural practices such as fumigation of the soil, long fallow periods, frequent disking, land leveling, or the application of acid and ammonia fertilizers. MYCORMAX will benefit plants growing in soils with poor fertility, low water holding capacity and availability, plant pathogen populations, and immobilized phosphorus.

What is the Shelf Life of MYCORMAX?

Remains effective for eighteen (18) months when properly stored in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight.

Note:  MYCORMAX may be ineffective in the presence of high rates of phosphorus fertilizer.  The fungi may be killed if combined with fungicides, soil fumigants, aqueous ammonia, phosphoric acid, or sulfuric acid.  If applied with fertilizers there is a possibility of salt toxicity to the beneficial fungi.

Cost: $9.95

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Revised: March 7, 2008
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