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Keyword: forest resilience; ectomycorrhizal fungi

Soil fungi recover slowly following high-severity wildfires

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2019
Soil fungi are important components of the soil microbial community that influence ecosystem resilience and stability after disturbances such as fire. Ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungi increase water and nutrient uptake for their plant hosts in return for carbon. Saprotrophic fungi play an important role in nutrient cycling and are responsible for decomposing wood, plant litter, and soil organic matter.