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Mixotrophy: an uncharted carbon flux in the plant world

Project description

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.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 986 701,25
Darwinweg 2
2333 CR Leiden

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00