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Title: The Soil Fungi: A Web of Life That Protects Trees and Fight Climate Change
Author(s): Azevedo, Olivia
Ashwood, Frank
Issue Date: 16-Mar-2022
Date Deposited: 10-May-2022
Citation: Azevedo O & Ashwood F (2022) The Soil Fungi: A Web of Life That Protects Trees and Fight Climate Change. Frontiers for Young Minds, 10, Art. No.: 652660.
Abstract: Ectomycorrhizal fungi are a type of fungi that develops a mutually beneficial relationship with plant roots. These fungi form ancient and extremely successful partnerships with forest trees worldwide. The trees and their associated fungi have developed a trading partnership: the fungi help the plants reach hard-to-get nutrients, and, in return, the fungi get constant and uninterrupted access to carbohydrates (such as sugars) from the plant. This largely invisible interaction affects the storage and cycling of carbon in soil and benefits plant health and nutrition. Ectomycorrhizal fungi are also important for breaking down dead plants and animals. These fungi contribute to soil biodiversity and can help us to protect our forests in the face of environmental stresses, such as climate change and excessive land use.
DOI Link: 10.3389/frym.2022.652660
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