Mycorrhizal Fungi, Nature’s ‘Wood Wide Web,’ Get a $3m Conservation Boost

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  • Mycorrhizal fungi play an important role in the health of the terrestrial ecosystem as it connects the roots of plants to the surrounding soil and helps transfer water and nutrients for sugars from the sun.
  • The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks has received a $3 million operating grant to help map and conserve mycorrhizal networks.
  • The first use of this money will be in the Palmyra Atoll, where scientists will study the connection between birds, trees, underground fungi, and underwater coral reefs.

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