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Proper Monitoring Makes Trees Take Deeper Root!
For nearly a century, the importance of the monitoring root system for increased productivity has been acknowledged in Pakistan. It is common knowledge that roots serve as a foundation for the plant and act as the mechanism by which the plant consumes water and nutrients required for the life and development of the plant. The use of modern technology in recent years has uncovered issues like genetic diversity in root systems and the role of root signals in influencing the plant’s overall growth and development.
Low temperature is a prominent limiting factor in the growth of horticultural crops in temperate regions like Pakistan, particularly during cold season cultivation. Although freezing conditions in heated or solar greenhouses can be largely avoided, inadequate heating due to high fuel costs and/or long-term environmental concerns also contribute to sub-optimal temperature conditions, which typically continue for a long time. However, proper root zone development monitoring leads to increase productivity and efficiency.
Research in the root zone has been carried out for several decades, although the basic approach to root management and processes in concentrated plant systems remains largely to be established. Better crop production to meet the food demand of a growing population was massively dependent on chemical fertilizer input specifically based on the typically presumed concept of ‘low input, lower output’ which ultimately resulted in overuse of fertilizers while ignoring the biological perspective of roots for efficient acquisition, root zone development and mobilization of soil nutrients.
The Enviroscan sensor by Farm dynamics Pakistan is a profiling instrument for précised monitoring of volumetric water content at multiple depths in a soil profile i.e. (moisture, salinity, temperature and/or humidity).
Root evaluation of soil nutrient opportunities and root-tested methods plays a crucial role in modifying nutrient conversion, obtaining and using active nutrient, and hence plant productivity. Root productivity in enhancing the collection, mobilization and use of nutrients can be fully exploited by:
Optimized maintenance of the root zone.