You cannot imagine life without plants, our very existence depends on plants. Plants release the oxygen we breathe, provide us with the food we need for survival and materials for our clothing and material for building the homes we live in. Be the pristine beauty of a forest, a well laid out park or even a single potted plant in our garden, plants are everywhere, lifting our spirits when we need them. However, plants did not colonise land till 430 million years ago, till then all life was restricted to the oceans. It is from this moment onwards did nature’s longest unbroken partnership came into existence. Yes, it is the little known mycorrhizae that enabled plants to colonise land and helped them withstand the test of time. Without them our forests would not have been able to withstand drought, pestilence and lack of fertility. It is this little known partnership plants need for their survival and realisation of their full potential. A symbiotic relationship that has been broken by our reliance on harmful pesticides, chemical fertilisers and salts that contaminate top soil as water is drawn from deep underground.
Mycorrhizal fungi exude powerful chemicals that dissolve mineral nutrients, absorb water, retard soil pathogens, and glue soil particles together into a porous structure which facilitates aeration of roots. In return, the mycorrhizae fungus receives sugar and other compounds from plants to fuel their own growth. Research has documented improved plant nutrient and water uptake, plus resistance to a wide range of soil diseases and environmental extremes. Plants establish fruit and flower more abundantly; areas thrive with less irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides.
There are a few major types of mycorrhizae, the two most common being ectomycorrhizae, (which do not penetrate the roots but grow around them) and endomycorrhizae also known as vescicular arbuscular mycorrhizae or VAM, which penetrate the roots and form long trailing hyphae which penetrate deep underground increasing the surface area of roots several fold.
Ectomycorrhizae constitute 5–8% of the species and are highly specific to certain types of plants. Endomycorrhizae, which form the majority of species on the other hand are generalists, able to colonise the roots of most plant species. However these are more difficult to produce.
Biovamos represents the use of cutting edge technology to make a revolutionary product containing the highest concentration of endomycorrhizae known to man. This enables immense savings in terms of costs as well as benefits to the entire spectrum of plant oriented industry like agriculture, forestry, landscaping, turf, golf courses and regeneration of degraded and arid land right down to one’s own garden. Biovamos contains a a carefully selected variety of endomycorrhizae each contributing its unique advantages to crops and plants and help increase yields, reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and pesticides. To the landscape professional and municipal corporations looking to cut costs, this represents a great opportunity to cut costs by reduced frequency of irrigation and faster growth of plants or turf to cover the bare spots and beautify the landscape faster.