Mycorrhizae fungi have been in existence for more that 400-million years, since the first plant life appeared on dry land. These fungi are a vital component of soil’s chemistry, and help to boost the development of the root system in the early period of plant growth. This is critical to establishing the root system in the upper layer of soil.
Forming a close symbiotic relationship with plant roots, Mycorrhizae fungi help to expand the surface area of roots and thus to increase their capacity to absorb water, nutrients and minerals, as well as their ability to resist soil pathogens. In fact, the word ‘Mycorrhizae’ quite literally means ‘fungus root’, and is derived from two Greek words: ‘mykes’ meaning fungus, and ‘rhiza’ meaning root.
Thanks to Mycorrhizae, plants are able to better withstand the effects of drought, fight diseases and yield greater crops.