Stowaway fungi hitch a ride with birds to be with their plant partners

phys.org | 1/24/2019 | Staff
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For the first time, scientists have shown that fungal hitchhikers use birds to colonize new territories with their plant partners. In a New Phytologist study, the researchers provide the first evidence that birds don't just carry plants to new places, but their fungal partners too.

For the study, the team collected numerous bird droppings. A total of 54 plant seedlings from six species emerged from 34 bird droppings. Some of the plants that germinated were already colonized by fungi—revealing that birds carry both plants and their fungal partners to new areas, often over long distances.

Plants - Relationships - Type - Fungi - Mycorrhizal

Many plants form close relationships with a type of fungi called arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. These symbiotic relationships...
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