IMPROVED PRODUCTION OF NURSERY CROPS WITH MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI
Mycorrhizae are the symbiotic (beneficial) association of helpful fungi with the fine roots of plants. All horticultural crops form associations with mycorrhizal fungi. What we need to do is learn how to manipulate mycorrhizal associations to reduce nursery production costs and increase profits (2).
Some of the problems confronting the nursery industry are increased production costs and greater governmental regulations, which may curtail water usage of water runoff containing undesirable levels of salt fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides, etc. We also need to produce and market more stress-efficient native ornamental plants that utilize lower levels of water and fertilization. The California industry is currently facing strict water runoff regulations and water salinity problems. The Texas nursery industry stands to benefit from more efficient production systems utilizing mycorrhizal fungi that enable production of nursery crops under reduced watering and fertility regimes. Nurseries
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