Insights into the benefits and practical use of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in horticulture

The EMR Association is hosting a technical event on the morning of 10 December 2015, focussing on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and their potential to enhance productivity in commercial horticultural production.


Some of the UK’s top researchers in the field will provide an often sceptical industry with an improved understanding of AMF, their interactions with plants and their potential to boost production.


Speakers will outline the lessons that can be learned from their use within the agriculture sector and how organisations like EMR are making strides in researching their practical use for the fruit cropping environment, for example, for sustainable strawberry production or for growers facing irrigation restrictions.



10:00    Registration and refreshments

Overview of AMF and their use (Prof. Peter Jeffries, University of Kent)

AMF and PGPR in applied agriculture (Prof. Duncan Cameron, University of Sheffield)

Interactions of endophytes and insects (Prof. Alan Gange, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi pre-inoculation for improving the growth and health of strawberry planting materials (Benjamin Langendorf, East Malling Research)

The future role of plant beneficial microbes in commercial growing (Robert Patton, PlantWorks)

A summary of the practical application of AMF and current research at EMR (Dr Louisa Robinson-Boyer, East Malling Research)

13:00    Lunch, networking and depart


Abuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) form a ‘partnership’ with plants that benefits the fungi and the host plant. The fungi help plants to capture nutrients like phosphorous, sulphur, nitrogen and micronutrients from soil. They also protect plants from infection by pathogens and buffer against adverse environmental stresses. Apart from their application in agriculture, AMF also have a function in ecosystem management and ecosystem restoration.


AMF occur across most ecosystems, but their levels are much decreased across intensive agricultural systems, mainly owing to soil tillage and increases in fertility.


The event will take place at The Orchards Conference Centre at East Malling Research and costs £15 for members of the EMR Association and £65 for non-members, including lunch.


Further information is available on the EMR website at or contact to book a place.




For more information, please contact Ursula Twomey via; Tel: 01732 523723 or Dr Louisa Robinson-Boyer via; Tel: 01732 523745.


  • East Malling Research is a major organisation in the UK for research on horticultural crops and plants and their interactions with the environment. Our research, which began in 1913, on perennial fruit crops is known internationally and we are a significant source of pride regionally.


  • The EMR Association is a principal conduit for the dissemination of knowledge and information from East Malling Research. The EMR Association is a subscription-based organisation, which allows members to remain at the forefront of perennial horticultural R&D and best practice.






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