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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Using Mycorrhizal Fungi During the Propagation of Woody Horticultural Crops

Carolyn F. Scagel

pp: 589-594


Plants with roots colonized by mycorrhizal fungi are more effective at nutrient and water acquisition, less susceptible to disease, and can be more productive under certain stressful environmental growing conditions than plants without mycorrhizae. A great deal of information is known about seedling responses to inoculation with mycorrhizal fungi however,there is little information describing the benefits of inoculation during the propagation of woody horticultural crops from cuttings. This paper reviews concepts associated with using mycorrhizal fungi to influence initiation and growth of roots during cutting propagation.

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