The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

X-ray Imaging & Microspectroscopy of the Mycorrhizal Fungus-Plant Symbiosis

Approximately 90% of the world's vascular plants, including the majority of all economic crops, belong to families that commonly have symbiotic associations with mycorrhizal fungi. While such associations are known to increase plant viability under low nutrient conditions, in some instances mycorrhizal fungi can also moderate toxicity effects in plants growing in soils containing elevated concentrations of heavy metals.

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