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A Mycorrhizal Revolution: The role of diverse symbiotic fungi in modern terrestrial ecosystems

Project description

A tale of two plant benefactors

Plants moved from the water to the land more than 500 million years ago with a helping hand from fungi in the soil. These fungal partners, known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), helped the earliest plants access nutrients from the soil, helping them to grow as CO2 in the atmosphere decreased. We now know that AMF were not the only fungal helpers available to ancient plants and that Mucoromycotina fine root endophytes (MFRE) were also likely to have been key players. Today, MFRE form partnerships with a wide range of plants, helping them access soil nutrients in exchange for host plant carbon fixed through photosynthesis. Building on the discovery of plant-MFRE partnerships and their differences in function compared to AMF, scientists working on the EU-funded MYCOREV project are opening a new window on plant-fungal symbioses, studying the diversity, structure and function of plant-MFRE partnerships and how they might be affected by environmental change.

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Net EU contribution
€ 1 776 025,75
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (3)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 776 025,75
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 283 121,25
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00