TO WHAT EX­TENT DO PLANTS AND FUNGI IN­TER­ACT?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

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.

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