Fungi help their hosts be more resistant to drought stress

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The crosscut shows the fungal tissues – comprised of he fungal mantle around the root tip and the fungal network of tendrils that penetrates the root of plants, or Hartig Net, between Pinus sylvestris plant root cells – in green. Credit: Maira de Freitas Pereira, INRA Nancy – https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/09/160907082250_1_540x360.jpg

How fungi help trees tolerate drought

Date:
September 7, 2016
Source:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Summary:
Specific adaptations in the transcriptome of the most common ectomycorrhizal fungus could help their hosts be more resistant to drought stress, a finding that could be useful in developing more plant feedstocks for bioenergy amidst the changing climate.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.