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Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

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May 31 (UPI) -- New research shows microbial communities in soils around the globe are less diverse than previously suggested. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly interested in the role microbial communities in soil play in the ecological health of fields and forests. The unique microbial signatures of soil samples, researchers contend, can offer insights into the dynamics of different ecosystems. But new research suggests soil samples host vast microbial populations, with the majority of fungi found in samples all over the globe belonging to a few common species. "Scientists know that different fungi in soils are responsible for the way that forests and farmlands work," Eleonora Egidi, a postdoctoral fellow in the field of soil microbiology at the Hawkesbury Institute f...
Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees – study

Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees – study

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Scientists are warning that pollution could be starving Europe's trees of vital nutrients by damaging essential fungi.The fungi live on the roots of trees, supplying them with minerals and water.Current pollution limits may not be strict enough to protect the forest fungi, say researchers.Signs of tree malnutrition, such as discoloured or missing leaves, have been seen across Europe's forests.Loss of fungi may be a factor, according to the study, published in the journal, Nature."If we care about the condition of our forests - what shape they're in - we can't just look above (the ground)," Dr Martin Bidartondo, from the department of life sciences at Imperial College London and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, told BBC News."We need to look below - we need to ...