Organic orchards have more beneficial fungi

GroApplesroundedA type of fungi known as arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi is commonly associated with providing fruit trees with such benefits as increased water and mineral uptake. A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment and highlighted by The Organic Center explored whether management practice—organic or conventional—affected AM fungi in apple orchards. Overall, they found that organic management resulted in higher levels of beneficial root colonization by AM fungi than conventional management.

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