Skip to product information
1 of 1

Mycorrhizal Colonization

Mycorrhizal Colonization

Mycorrhizae are symbiotic fungi that enhance plant nutrient and water absorption from the soil in exchange for carbohydrates produced by the plant. This relationship improves soil structure, helps plants resist environmental stresses, and contributes to ecosystem stability.

Regular price $328.00
Regular price Sale price $328.00
Sale Sold out
For custom quotes, please contact us at

Report includes:

  1. Data with recommendations.
  2. A 15-minute phone consultation with one of our soil scientists.

Mycorrhizae are symbiotic associations between fungi and plant roots that play a crucial role in plant health and soil ecology. These fungi enhance the plant's ability to absorb water and essential nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, from the soil. In exchange, the plant supplies the fungi with carbohydrates produced through photosynthesis.

There are two main types of mycorrhizae: arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) and ectomycorrhizae (ECM). AM fungi penetrate the root cells, forming structures called arbuscules that facilitate nutrient exchange. ECM fungi envelop the roots in a dense sheath and extend into the soil with a network of hyphae, which increase the surface area for nutrient absorption.

Mycorrhizae improve soil structure by promoting the formation of soil aggregates, enhancing aeration, and increasing water retention. This symbiosis also helps plants resist diseases, drought, and other environmental stresses. The extensive hyphal networks of mycorrhizal fungi can connect multiple plants, facilitating nutrient and water distribution within plant communities.

Moreover, mycorrhizae play a role in carbon sequestration by transferring carbon compounds from plants into the soil, thus contributing to soil fertility and mitigating climate change. Overall, mycorrhizal relationships are fundamental to plant health, soil quality, and ecosystem stability, making them indispensable for sustainable agriculture and natural ecosystems. For more info, read this article.

Sampling instructions

1. Take a 100g of root segment that is representative of the target area. Secure in paper/plastic bag.

2. Purchase your test on our website and send sample to Alluvial Soil Lab, 201 E Center St, Ste 112 #3083, Anaheim, CA 92805 using any postal carrier of your choice.

Turnaround time is typically between 10 and 12 business days. Results will be sent via email.

**Always wear gloves, mask, or other necessary PPE while collecting samples from potentially contaminated soils.

Advanced details

Test includes:
Mycorrhizal colonization percentage
Spore count

View full details
  • Wilson H.

    Verified Purchase ✓

    I recently started a garden at a community plot, and wanted to know what was in my soil, so I could make more targeted amendments. Jake walked me through how to do so, and after sending my samples in... (read more)

  • Noah M.

    Verified Purchase ✓

    As a professional in the field I very much appreciate the timely and detailed report, along with skilled follow up communications. I will certainly use Alluvial Soil Lab's services again.

  • Zakary S.

    Verified Purchase ✓

    Great support and detailed report. Helped advise what options we had to plant trees! Plants are doing incredible!(read more)

  • Peggy C.

    Verified Purchase ✓

    I recently moved to a property with a vineyard, and wanted to know what type of fertilizers to use and how much to apply. So I did a soil test. I was new to soil testing and with Jake's help and instructions, I was able to successfully collect… (read more)

1 of 4