Plant-to-plant carbon transfer by fungal networks
Most land plants transfer part of the organic carbon they produce from photosynthesis to fungi associated with their roots, a win-win situation because these fungi help the plants take in water and nutrients from the soil. Recent findings suggest that up to 35 % of green plants can take up some of that carbon when light is insufficient for photosynthesis of the organic compounds required for growth. The EU-funded MIXOTROPH project plans to investigate the plant and fungal diversity involved in this give and take and the environmental drivers influencing it. This will have a fundamental impact on our understanding of the carbon cycle and conservation.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme