Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fungi Responsible For Most Carbon Sequestration In Northern Forests

Cortinarius armillatus forms mycorrhizal symbiosis with roots of birch trees. 
Credit: Karina Clemmensen

A new study undertaken by a diverse group of scientists in Sweden has found that contrary to popular belief, most of the carbon that is sequestered in northern boreal forests comes about due to fungi that live on and in tree roots, rather than via dead needles, moss and leaf matter.

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