Almond Study and Drought Resistance

Establishing almond seedlings on sites where water is limiting will reduce the size and vigor of an orchard plantation and subsequently lengthen the period of time to almond production. This study found that almond seedlings inoculated with mycorrhizal inoculum exhibited a greater capacity to withstand drought conditions during early plant establishment. These findings suggest that on sites where rainfall is low or irrigation is intermittent, inoculating seedlings prior to planting in a nursery or orchard site would be beneficial.