Mycorrhizal Fungi and Root Systems

July 13, 2008


Provided by: Chuck Hemrick
Summary Author: Chuck Hemrick

What are mycorrhizal fungi? They’re microorganisms that promote and establish mycorrhizae, which is the presence of a system or relationship that has beneficial fungi at the root system. They essentially help facilitate the tree and root relationship. These fungi can be attached to the roots or slightly embedded into them. In a way, it’s as if the fungi are an extension of the root system but not an actual part of the roots. The photo above showing a root mat system was taken in Germantown, North Carolina on February 18, 2008.

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