TO WHAT EXTENT DO PLANTS AND FUNGI INTERACT?
Some 90 per cent of plant species are thought to interact with fungi via their roots, with each helping the other to grow. Mycorrhizal fungi are symbiotic and live in the soil and among plant roots. They exchange nutrients with plants, allowing them to access increased quantities of nitrogen and phosphorous in the soil. Making use of these fungi has huge implications for agricultural productivity and global food security.