VAM Wise for Soil measures the number of spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (commonly known as VAM) in your soil. VAM Wise for Soil is an ideal way to assess the contributions VAM could make to your plants and soil.
VAM Wise for Soil
VAM Wise for Soil
VAM Wise for Soil measures the number of spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (commonly known as VAM) in your soil. VAM are perhaps the single most important group of soil microorganisms because they play an important role in a number of key soil health functions, such as nutrient cycling, plant water relations, plant disease resistance and soil aggregation. However, VAM can become depleted due to poor soil management practices. Approximately 80% of land plants can be colonised by VAM, including most agricultural plants and food trees. VAM colonisation of plant roots may start from a single spore and, under ideal conditions, spread rapidly throughout the root system of the host plant, providing an efficient extension of its root system and increasing nutrient uptake (particularly phosphorus and other nutrients that are relatively immobile in the soil). VAM Wise for Soil is an ideal way to assess the contributions VAM could make to your plants and soil.
Want a sampling kit? Our Sampling Kit – Soils and Solids has everything you need to take your samples for VAM Wise for Soil easily and correctly and get them to the lab in the best condition, including return express freight to the lab. Don’t want a sampling kit? See our Sampling Instructions for how to sample, pack and send your samples to the lab.
- Easy to understand
- Colour-coded results
- Diversity of spores by major groups
- Assessing the contribution of VAM to your plants and soil
- Detecting Long Fallow Disorder
- Pre-plant indication of potential plant VAM colonisation
- Indicating if management changes or inoculation with VAM may be needed
Plants that are NOT VAM HOSTS (VAM Wise for Plants is not suitable for plants in this list):
- canola and other brassicas (cabbage family)
- beets and spinach
- some ornamental plants, including those in the protea and mesembryanth families