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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 ...