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Plant-fungal interactions

When good relationships go bad

Mycorrhizal associations of fungi and plants are usually viewed as mutually beneficial, but some non-photosynthetic plants cheat their fungal partners. Molecular tools can now be used to identify the fungi being exploited.

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Figure 1: Partners in an epiparasitic symbiosis.



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