Symborg to speak about seed coating technology at the X International Conference on Mycorrhizae

1 July 2019

Organized by the International Mycorrhizal Society, July 1-5 in Yucatan

Dr. Torres will speak about the use of Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum in corn seeds

Symborg will participate in ICOM10, the 10th International Conference on Mycorrhizae organized by the International Mycorrhizal Society. This tenth edition will be held from June 30 to July 5 in Yucatan, Mexico and is especially committed to sustainable development.

Researcher Rocio Torres, Symborg’s seed treatment expert, will speak at the international scientific conference with an oral presentation on the use of the mycorrhizal fungus, Glomus iranicum var tenuihypharum, discovered and patented by Symborg for the treatment of corn seeds. Mycorrhizal inoculation of crops through the soil, by irrigation or direct application is relatively common; however coating the seeds with bio products is in most cases a technological challenge when it comes to maintaining stable seed viability.

Dr. Torres’ presentation, which will take place on July 4 at 12 pm within a program of presentations on sustainable development, will explain how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) improve the physical and chemical properties of soils and plant growth by improving their nutrient supply, and consequently their productive yields.

The presentation, given by an expert from Symborg, reveals the results of a study conducted by the company to evaluate the physiological and productive effects of corn seeds treated with the bio product Resid HC, based on Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum. Seeds treated with this fungus were studied and stored at 24ºC for 6 months. The study analyzed the germination tests of these seeds, the colonization capacity of this mycorrhiza at the roots of the germinated crops through them and the parameters for their growth, development and productive performance.

As revealed in the summary of the presentation sent to the organizers of the scientific event, “the Symborg study detected optimal mycorrhizal viability in the treated seeds and no adverse effects on their germination capacity were observed. After germination, Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum produced an increase in root branching (+40%) and fresh shoot weight in the treated plants (+42%). It improved growth and development and increased photosynthetic capacity (+ 9%). Finally, these results translate into 7% more grain production in treated corn crops as compared to corn from untreated seeds.”

International Mycorrihizal Society

The International Mycorrihizal Society (IMS) is an international scientific society that promotes the advancement of education, research and development in the area of mycorrhizal symbiosis between plants and soil-specific fungi and their potential to improve agriculture, horticulture and silviculture. In addition to hosting the biannual International Conference on Mycorrhizae (ICOM), the IMS publishes the official scientific journal of the society, with valuable and up-to-date information on scientific and industrial developments within this field throughout the world.

As the organizers explain, this international conference aims to be “a worldwide platform for a broad and open exchange of knowledge about mycorrhizal symbiosis, from its anatomy and development through the underlying molecular mechanisms, mycorrhizal ecology and functioning, and their implications for ecosystems and human society.” The main subject of this conference is “Mycorrhizal Function: From the Desert to Megacities” and it will feature presentations on the latest developments in mycorrhizal research as well as open discussions on this topic.


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