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Beneficial Mycorrhizal Fungi Increase Crop Yields

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jun 20, 2010 • References: sciencecentric and sciencedaily
Researchers have found a way to increase the growth of rice by an impressive margin. Mycorrhizal fungi were previously thought to have little or no direct effect on crop plants, but recent findings show that crop plants like rice respond to beneficial mycorrhizal fungi.

Plants grown in a Swiss greenhouse in Switzerland under tropics-mimicking conditions showed a greater ability to uptake micro-nutrients when beneficial mycorrhizal fungi were added to the soil. Whether the results can be replicated in the real world is yet to be seen.