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Plants transfer lipids to sustain colonization by mutualistic mycorrhizal and parasitic fungi

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Science  16 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6343, pp. 1172-1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9970

Food for fungi

A wide variety of plants form symbiotic relationships in their roots with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. The fungi channel inorganic and micronutrients from soil to the plant, and the plant supplies the fungi with organic nutrients. Jiang et al. and Luginbuehl et al. found that as part of this exchange, the plant supplies lipids to its symbiotic fungi, thus providing the fungi with a robust source of carbon for their metabolic needs.

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