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How does the plant benefit in mycorrhizae? The fungus?
Fungus absorbs water and minerals.
Plant makes sugars through photosynthesis
What are hyphal cells separated by?
Cross walls with pores big enough for ribosomes, mitochondria, and nuclei
What do lichens consist of?
Associations of green algae held in fungai hyphae within a fungal network
How does fungus benefit from lichen associations? Algae?
Fungus gets food from it's photosynthetic partner
Algae retains water and minerals
How are lichens important to pioneers on new land?
They are rugged and able to live where there is little or no soil. They help form soil; often live on rocks
How do several species of ants and termites cultivate fungal gardens?
They collect leaves and fungi feed on the leaves and the fungi breakdown the cellulose that ants can't breakdown. The ants eat the swollen tips of hyphae. Insects feed fungi with leaves
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