Trichoderma for Plants
Beneficial Trichoderma fungi convey many benefits to plants. In fact, microbe plant interactions are often beneficial to the plant and in turn, beneficial to both farmers and gardeners. Creating a healthy soil includes having plenty of beneficial microbes and beneficial soil fungi.
This post will talk about the plant growth promotion benefits of these beneficial fungi.
Basics of Beneficial Fungi
First, lets start at the beginning. Trichoderma are microscopic, free living fungi typically found in the root zone (rhizosphere) of many plants. They are common inhabitants of both the root and soil ecosystems. They are generally thought of as opportunistic, avirulent plant symbionts.
In fact, some species are able to colonize and grow on roots as the roots develop. For this reason, many applications are either as seed treatments or applied as to the root system early in the growing cycle as possible. Transplant applications can be very useful as well.
Since many fungal species have a number of benefits for plants, there are a number of words use to describe these benefits such as; biofertilizer, soil probiotic, soil inoculant, biological soil enhancement and plant growth promoting fungi.
Plant Growth Promotion
For many years, it has been known that many beneficial fungi help with plant growth promotion. They, along with multiple species of Mycorrhiza, are considered plant growth promoting fungi (PGPF).
Enhanced root development has been seen in a number of crops including, soy beans, corn, tomatoes,
Root development is key to a plants early survival as well as its nutrient uptake as the plant begins to mature. All gardeners and farmers know, that a plant with a good root system will become a healthy, productive plant.
Along with enhanced root development, beneficial soil fungi convey some additional specific benefits to plants:
- Phosphate solubility – making phosphorus more readily available to the plant.
- Enhanced root biomass production and enhanced root hair production.
- Production of phytohormones – both auxins and cytokinins. These compounds are plant growth promoters.
- Higher tolerance of the plant to stress. Including water stress.
- Produce cellulose to break down wood
- Produce chitinase
All of these benefits ensure a healthier, more efficient root system, a healthier plant and a more productive crop.
Trichoderma and Other Microbes
Trichodermas work well with other microbes. Mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria also live and multiply in the rhizosphere. Together, these microorganisms make a healthy soil. Healthy, natural soils create healthy root systems and more productive plants.
Commercial Products of Custom Biologicals
Custom GP is unique among the commercial formulations:
- Custom GP is a highly concentrated biological product
- It contains the four most important species of beneficial soil fungi.
- Concentrated formulation allows for domestic and international shipping.
- Custom GP is available to two sizes; a 50 ml size that treats 2.5 acres and a one liter size that treats 50 acres.
- Custom GP is also available as a fizzytab, GP fizzytabs. This unique formulation is available in tubes of 10 fizzytabs. Each fizzytab contains enough beneficial Trichoderma to treat 1/4 acres.
How to Use Trichoderma
The best way to use Trichoderma is to apply as early in growing cycle as possible. Spray in furrow or apply as a foliar spray. At transplant is a great time to apply as well.
Don’t apply with fungicides! Remember Trichoderma is a fungi. If fungicides are used, wait at least one week before apply Trichoderma products.
Trichoderma as a Seed Treatment
Sometimes called bio-priming, seed treatment with Trichoderma is as simple as it is effective. Simply soak seeds in a product solutions before planting. A soak of an hour or so will be sufficient. This will get the Trichoderma benefits, as well as increase germination rates and germination times.
Custom GP contains:
- Trichoderma harzanium
- Trichoderma viride
- Trichoderma koningii
- Trichoderma polysporum
More Information about Trichoderma
Trichoderma have a number of direct benefits to the plant. Should you need additional information about Trichoderma or about Custom GP, please contact me directly at Bill@Custombio.biz.
Biota Max™ contains Trichoderma
In addition to Custom GP, Custom Biologicals manufactures Biota Max™. Biota Max™ contains both the beneficial soil fungi listed above and beneficial soil bacteria. Together these microorganisms act as a soil probiotic, producing healthier roots, increasing plant growth, and increasing crop yield.
Biota Max™ is an effervescent tablet that dissolves in a matter of minutes. Within each tablet, is billions of beneficial soil micro organisms.
Biota Max™ is excellent for home gardens as well as commercial farms. Grow bigger, healthier crops with Biota Max™.
More Information about Trichoderma
Beneficial fungi have a number of direct benefits to the plant. Should you need additional information about Trichoderma or about Custom GP, please contact me directly at Bill@Custombio.biz.
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