Retracing the roots of fungal symbioses

23 febrero 2015

In the roots of host plants, mycorrhizal fungi exchange the sugars plants produce for nutrients they absorb from the soil. To understand the basis for fungal symbiotic relationships with plants, researchers and longtime collaborators reported the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi. The results help researchers understand how the mutualistic association provides host plants with beneficial traits for environmental adaptation.