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Carbon Bandits – Aimée Classen

Aimée Classen’s research identifies how fungi affect the atmosphere.
Plants and fungi share an ancient symbiotic bond. Soil fungi living in and among root structures receive carbon from the plant, which they use to grow and multiply. In return, they supply the plant with soil nutrients and moisture. Recent studies, however, show mycorrhizal fungi will sometimes cheat the plant, stealing its carbon without giving back adequate nutrients. Sometimes they even scavenge carbon from the soil, says Aimée Classen. The project’s PhD student, Jessica Bryant, is trying to determine if this switch from symbiont to free-living—from carbon sink to carbon source—might significantly affect atmospheric carbon levels. Read More…

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