Mycorrhizae - fungi that can interact with the roots of different plant species - are causing great interest in the world of agriculture for their notable benefits. At Koyle we are working hard with these types of mushrooms to face the new challenges that involve increasingly dry and hot years.
The interaction between the plant and the fungi is called symbiosis, which means that both benefit in the process. On one hand, the plant –in this case the vine– provides the physical support so that the fungus can live and it obtains carbohydrates and vitamins from the plant that it cannot synthesize by itself. On the other hand, thanks to mycorrhizae, the vine is able to explore more volume of soil than it can reach with its roots, absorbs more nutrients and makes it easier to capture water from the soil. The protection provided by the fungus also makes the plant more resistant to drought and certain environmental stresses that affect the soil. Finally, some physiological reactions of the fungus induce the root to remain active for longer than if it were not mycorrhized, which results in a greater longevity of the plant.
At Koyle we are working hard with these types of mushrooms to face the new challenges that involve increasingly dry and hot years. In our soils that are worked in an organic and biodynamic way, mycorrhiza finds a place rich in microbiology to develop and be able to get in touch with the roots of our vines and deliver all the benefits of this symbiotic relationship.