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- By T.A. Frail, Joseph Stromberg, Erin Wayman and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, October 2011
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It’s classic symbiosis: plants get phosphorous and other nutrients from fungi on their roots; fungi get carbohydrates. A new study led by the Free University of Amsterdam shows that fungi increase nutrient output to roots that feed them the most; plants reward generous fungi with more carbs. Both sides ensure cooperation.