I am not even sure if I have spelt 'Mycorrizha' correctly! But even then I need to share with you my experience (very recent!) with this material. At the Krishi Vigyan Mela held at the IARI recently, they had a stall of the Institute of Microbiology. They were selling this material called Mycorrizha. I was initially very sceptical but a scientist of the IARI present there was so excited that his enthusiasm got the better of me and I purchased 5 kgs. of the material. Back home I started regretting the purchase but after a few days decided to try it out on some plants being confident that something coming from the IARI would at least not cause any harm to the plants. As instructed, I applied a spoonful each of Mycorrizha to the roots of five citrus plants and three 'Raat ki Rani' plants. It is now just about 4 weeks since I did this and the difference it has made to the plants is simply unbelievable!! It is like some magic. I have now done some reading on this subject and what I understand is that Mycorrizha is a fungus that resides on the roots of plants and establishes a mutually beneficial relationship with the relevant plant. The plant supplies food to the fungus as starch & sugar. In return the fungus vastly increases the water retention capacity of the roots and increases manifold the efficiency & ability of the plant's roots to take-up phorphorus, nitrogen and other essentials from the soil. I am so impressed with the result that I am going to try & meet some scientist at the Institute of Microbiology at IARI and try to get more in-depth knowledge on this subject. Brfore that I am going to inject all my plants with this material. If any of you has more knowledge about this please do share it on this blog. I am really surprised in fact that this material has not found a mention here so far. Regards.
P.S.: I am so excited about the performance of this material that I wish to request GG to consider starting a seperate section on microbiology.
As you guyz mentioned it is a very big subject by itself. Would be greatful if GG allocates a new section for it.
Below are my 2 cents ....
Firstly let me put very strongly that fertilizers what we apply to plants in the form of DAP, UREA etc., are not consumed directly instead they need some middle men inbetween to have it converted to a consumable form. These are doneby
a) Phosphate Solublelizers - Penicillium, Aspergillus posses the ability to convert insoluble phosphates in the soil to soulble forms through acids
b) Nitrogen Fixers - Rhizobium Species, Azoto Bacter , Azo Spirillium etc., fix Nitrogen from air, salts etc in the root system
c) Mycorrhizal Fungi - VAM ( Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrihizae ) produce Vesicles and Arbuscules in root system which help to facilitate disease resistence, better growth, control of pathogens etc.,
The base line is Bio fertilizers are not alternatives for inorganic fertilizers. But they are useful in increasing yield, quality and yield of crops when they are used in combination with organic manure and inorganic fertilization in a balanced proportion
Lots of study is going on in this field. In my Last visit to DOH BioCenter Bangalore I have seen all of these are sold in terms of small packets including VAM in KGS at a cheaper price compare to market value.
First I unknowingly struck gold at the IARI Mela & now you have given a lot of sparkle and shine to it! This is really a gold mine of info from you which will help all of us. Can you please also help on how to actually apply Mycorrizha to the plants? I am particularly confused about how to use it in a bed of small plants like Brinjal, Tomato or Okra for example. Will keenly await your valuable input. Thanks & regards.
Hi dwaipayandc & Muru:
While you are accessing more info on the subject kindly do also clarify whether it is OK to use it in potted plants.
What I got from the IARI is a crumbly mass. I applied it to the roots as suggested by them: Dribble a hole towards the roots of the particular plant, 'inject' a spoonful of the Mycorrizha mass and cover it with soil. Actually, the intention is to see that the fungus reaches as close as possible to the roots.
Regards to all of you.
Are you talking about VAM? Even I got it from IARI through my friend. Applied it but may be its not that effective in small containers.Yes it was effective in big containers.In ground it is definitely effective. But when I had planted my fruit plants from nursery bags to big pots and other vege. saplings I had put a thick mixture of water and VAM(like a sledge) into the whole where I was going to plant the saplings and to my surprise the plants didn't feel the change of place at all i.e.they remain healthy. Now my plants are in flowering stage. May be I should inject VAM once more in pots to have the miracle you have seen.
There is another herbal growth promoter which was recommended by my regular garden shop person, when I asked him about panchgavya,had supermatant of coconut milk,malt,sugar cane and butter milk and other few micro nutrients. This spray really did wonders to my floral as well as vegetable plants as compared to VAM.The effect was visible within one week only. The size of my plants leaves and flowers increased and besides the no. of flowers increased(though it smelled really bad on hands). I think it had few qualities of panchgavya.
I have read somewhere that putting milk wash in plants of tomato and pumpkin is very effective as it gives them micronutrients and Calcium. I am experimenting on that and will let you know the outcome. I know it is expensive but If you buy organic vegetables from market , milk is still cheap.Isn't it so !!!
I am reproducing below the top line on the bag in which I got Mycorrihza from IARI:
MYCORRIHZA (AM) RICOFERTILIZER-NUTRILINK
Most likely there will be some spelling errors in the above because I have deciphered it from a very smudged printing! But you might be able to make out now if we are talking about the same product.
Unfortunately I have not been able to understand in what respect you were or are disatisfied with Mycorrihza. In the meantime I have applied this to a lot of my vegetable plants both in the ground as well as in containers. In the coming week I intend using it on the rest of the plants. The results on the first few plants were too good for me to entertain any apprehensions about its effectiveness.
Actually I am not an "organic only farming" enthusiast! I believe in using both organic compost/manure and the fruits of scientific research in fetrilizers or even Microbiology. I don't believe in using milk or other such inputs. As long as fertlizers or even insecticides are used with caution & restraint I see only benefits in it. Don't you think that the bludgeoning population all over the world could not have been fed today except for the vast contribution of science?
Please do post your experience with Mycorrihza which you will probably know only after some weeks. Regards.
Yes!!! your gold is my VAM only. First of all , let me convey in clear words" I didn't doubt the effect of VAM". As I had mentioned it had helped my fruit plants and vegetable seedlings. Since I applied at a stage when my plants were very young, may be I couldn't see the change or may be the root system was not fully developed. Since I did my PG from an agriculture Uni. I know IARI is the most prestigious institute. Their lab to land programs are very beneficial for our farmers who believe in latest research. Of course we small gardeners don't get much response from them. But my research in PG made me aware of unmindful use of chemicals in agriculture by our farmers in an effort to gain maximum crop which causes few irreversible damages to our body(mutation in our genetic material) as well as our environment. You are very much right that science has helped the survival of human specie but what to say about the greed of human being which leads him to inject animal hormones in plants to get a bigger and early crop.
Any way we are not here to argue organic verses inorganic. These are very personal choices and I can never question your and GG's wisdom. I am too amateur and junior in this field to do that.Your valuable tips have definitely helped me in learning a lot in vegetable gardening. I was just trying to say that in my case this was the outcome. In fact I was looking for inoculants for all most a year back and I had requested my friend specially for this. As I mentioned above, may be my plants were too small or may be temp. was to high since I live on a height(VAM gets destroyed at more then 22) or may be the quantity applied was not sufficient. Could be any reason. I am waiting for the result of second application.
Regarding milk wash, this is wash I use not the milk and there is no harm in putting the wash in plants instead of throwing in drain. Again it is my enthusiasm and inquisitiveness responsible for this.
Note: As per Dr. Satish Mathur, we should apply VAM almost 10 days after we give a dose of any kind of manure.
Your enthusiasm got the better of me. I found a supplier of Mycorrhiza in Delhi and 2 kgs of the what i ordered has just arrived at home. I'm waiting to try it out and will make holes around the plants in my pots and put the mycorrhiza in.
However, please clarify, since these are fungi does one need to fertilize with npk or 19-19-19 or other products like bio-zyme etc ? I hope these products do not kill the fungi (mycorrhiza) ? Does any one have any information on this ?
Hope to hear from some one soon !!
To put it very simply in layman's language, as per my understanding Mycorrihza is not a fertilizer by itself. In fact it acts like a catalyst and helps the roots of a plant to take up the various nutrients from the soil more efficiently. This means that it has to be used in conjunction with the various nutrients which may be organic or chemical. In fact by itself this fungus will be of no use for your plants. Chemical fertilizers do not harm Mycorrihza in any way but appreciate its help in their function! Please also refer to Muru's post in this topic. Regards.
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