Spreading fungi that cooperate with plants in soil over infected farmland can save or even increase crop yields. This has been demonstrated by a Swiss research team.
In a recent study conducted by Swiss scientists from the universities of Zurich and Basel, Agroscope, and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, a breakthrough has been achieved in understanding the role of mycorrhizal fungi in large-scale agriculture. The research, published in Nature Microbiology, explores the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on crop growth and the potential for predicting success in large-scale inoculation.
The study highlights the potential of leveraging soil microbiome indicators for strategic AMF inoculation, providing farmers with a data-driven approach to enhance crop yield while minimizing dependence on traditional fertilizers and pesticides.