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Nature’s Friendships

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Author: Ellie Wang

Editor: Liane Xu

Artist: Nicole Tseng

What do you think of when you picture a forest? Conventionally, it would be a collection of silent and isolated trees, grouped only because of their physical closeness. However, new research reveals that forests are communities, connected through a network of symbiotic relationships with fungi. Mycorrhizae, a type of symbiotic relationship that exists between plants and fungi, are the key to a thriving forest.