Problems in food production will perhaps become the most critical one. Within the next 50-100 years, global high quality rock phosphate reserves will deplete. The global peak P (the point of time when production starts to decrease due to resource depletion) is forecasted for 2040-2050 and the reserves of one of the biggest producers, the U.S.A., are calculated to be already depleted in 2040. Rock phosphate is the primary, but non-renewable source for large scale P-fertilization in agriculture, and currently there is no practical or theoretical alternative. Despite this, as applied in high input agricultural systems in the U.S.A. and Europe, more than 60% of the P are being wasted. The general situation is even worse, because fertile soil resources will start declining very soon - which implies that 'peak soil' and 'peak phosphorous' will most likely occur even earlier than 'peak oil'. Each of these three 'peaks' in production or availability alone might already be disastrous for our food-safety.
This web site contains commercial pages offering research-grade AM fungal inoculum and research-services, particularly in quality control and quality assurance, along with pages for scientific background information. The sites are designed in a way that allows you to easily choose products, if desired.
We offer in vitro produced quality of AM fungal inoculum, which allows easy setup and interpretation of experiments - and saves your time and money.
Plant sciences (and several other disciplines) are intrinsically linked to AM symbioses: land plants co-evolved in close association with AM fungi - since their origin, even before plants had evolved roots. This is reflected by the strong dependency of many plants on AM fungi (such as the tropical tree species on the photograph, on the left with and on the right without inoculation with AM fungi, after 6 months).
By using AM fungi, many research experiments will become biologically more meaningful.
For research we offer in vitro produced AM fungi to ensure flexible setup and development of your experiments and applications, at a reasonable price. You can choose between using one model fungus or a defined mixture of AM fungi (on demand). These fungi have already been successfully tested in research projects and/or applied in field experiments.
In vitro ROC cultured AM fungi can be applied in a very controlled manner in any desired concentration. We can supply advice and guidance to basic users not yet familiar with AM research, biology, or AM fungi application.
We were and are involved in a range of basic and also applied research projects. Click on the images to find out more. For references, check our up-to-date publication list.
We are specialized in AM fungi characterization and quality control, including molecular biological methods, with the demands of our customers in mind. Our products are pre-designed for easy application, available in different carrier materials on request. Futhermore we are part of an extensive research network and can therefore answer specific questions with expertise and experience.
To provide biological material for research, new products are constantly developed. Existing fungal cultures are characterised and new cultures are adapted to in vitro production. AM fungi associated bacteria are characterised and may also be offered in future.
Regarding qualitative and quantitative quality control (from fungal spores, cultures, or directly from products), we provide services for producers and customers. We offer state of the artphylogenetic analyses for producers, customers and researchers (inquire for more information). Based on both spore morphology and phylotaxonomic methods also field inventories of AM fungi (from soil or roots) are offered, also by high throughput 454 GS FLX-Plus (750 bp) based amplicon pyrosequencing. Note that 454 sequencing is no longer available from June 2016, as the company Roche is no longer supporting the platform.