- Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tiny Fungi in the Soil Are Like Medicine for Nature
Neuenkamp, Lena; Maaroufi, Nadia
Like humans, plant and animal species have a specific type of place, called an ecosystem, where they prefer to live. If the ecosystem changes too much, some species will disappear, much the same way people avoid living in the desert because it is too hot and dry. Humans modify many ecosystems, sometimes so severely that almost no plants or animals can live there anymore. To help damaged ecosystems recover, we often start by planting trees or other plants. Biologists found that mycorrhizal fungi, tiny fungi living in the soil and inside plant roots, could speed up ecosystem recovery by making plants grow back faster and stronger. In this article, we describe how the recovery of ecosystems can be enhanced by mycorrhizal fungi, and when mycorrhizal fungi are especially helpful.
Frontiers for Young Minds
2020, article number: 557383
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