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What is Mycorrhizae?

You might have heard about mycorrhizae before, but do you really know what it is? What it does? Well, we are here to tell you all about it!

Mycorrhizae is a fungi that forms a mutualistic relationship with the roots of most plants. A mutualistic relationship means that they both benefit from one another. This relationship provides the fungus (mycorrhizae) with regular access to carbohydrates such as glucose and sucrose in return the plant gets an extension to reach minerals and nutrients due to the large surface of fungal hyphae, improving the plants absorption capabilities. Chances are you’ve seen mycorrhizal fungi in the soil, you may have mistaken them for roots because they often appear as long, thin, white threads entangled among the plants true roots.