Growing our knowledge of dryland ecosystems
Occupying 45 % of the Earth’s land surface, drylands are regions with low rainfall, high temperatures and even higher evapotranspiration. Drylands also support more than a third of the world’s population but are vulnerable to environmental changes. Mycorrhizal fungi, which have existed since the first plants appeared on dry land millions of years ago, contribute to the diversity and functioning of drylands. The question is how do they do this. The EU-funded MYFUN project will seek to answer this question. It will also investigate how the contribution of mycorrhizal fungi to dryland multifunctionality might change under the forecasted global environmental change and the resource economy of the plant community.