Technology offer : Use of medicinal or aromatic plants for enhanced arboriculture

Technology's description

Looking forward to optimize Mediterranean forest systems, IRD and CIRAD have discovered an innovative method to stimulate mycorrhizal symbiosis of fruit and forest trees.

This co-culture based technology, uses a medicinal plant (or aromatic) from Lamiaceae family to improve the growth of the chosen tree variety.

After a pre-culture phase of the "nurse" plant in a soil, the target species is introduced in this soil. Several months after, the root system of the target plant has seen its mycorrizha development improved and the plant growth is consequently faster.


  • Foster the growth of forest, fruit and nursery trees
  • Reduces mortality and improves the quality of the target plants and its fruits
  • The aromatic or medicinal plant can generate an economical benefit after the pre-culture stage
  • A broad spectrum of "nurse" plants can be used 
  • Easy to use
  • Environmental friendly
Ref : OT-00038

Area of activity : AGRONOMY

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Industrial applications

  • Nursery, Silviculture, Agroforestry,Horticulture

Intellectual property

  • This technology is protected by a patent

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