Mapping The World’s Fungi

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Fungi are said to be highly important to ecosystems; chief among their contributions is shuffling around nutrients through fungal networks, which is very helpful in areas with poor soil quality. Because of this importance, scientists have begun to map out fungal networks across the globe more thoroughly. Curiously, the areas with large fungal networks—like the Israeli Negev desert, the western Sahara Desert, and the Canadian tundra—have poor soils or appear lifeless despite the critical and ever-present underground activity vital to these ecosystems. Read full article here

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