Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Edsel Cook
In search of possible natural fertilizers, Mexican researchers studied the interplay of two different groups of fungi. According to their findings, published in the journal Agroforestry Systems, inoculating coffee plants with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and phosphate-solubilizing fungi led to higher phosphorus levels in the soil, which contributed to the healthy and quicker growth of the crop.
Having identified the critical function filled by fungal groups in the processing of soil phosphorus for coffee plants, the researchers propose searching for other fungal strains with the makings of potential biofertilizers.
Rojas YDCP, Arias RM, Ortiz RM, Aguilar DT, Heredia G, Yon YR. EFFECTS OF NATIVE ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL AND PHOSPHATE-SOLUBILIZING FUNGI ON COFFEE PLANTS. Agroforestry Systems. 2018 Jan 29. DOI: 10.1007/s10457-018-0190-1
Tagged Under: Tags: arbuscular mycorrhiza, Aspergillus nigeri, biofertilization, biofertilizer, coffee plants, crop growth, crops, fertilizer, Fungi, native fungi, natural fertilizers, organic fertilizers, Penicillium brevicompactum, phosphatases, phosphate-solubilizing fungi, soil fungi, soil phosphorus