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Mycorrhizal fungi are a special type of fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plants, essentially serving as an extension of their root systems. This mutually beneficial relationship allows the fungi to absorb key nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen, and other micronutrients from the environment, which are then exchanged for carbohydrates from the plant's photosynthesis. Mycorrhizal fungi act as a transport mechanism for supplying the plant's roots with minerals, water, and other nutrients, thus increasing the plant's ability to thrive. As an added benefit, mycorrhizal fungi also act as a protective barrier against disease, creating a dynamic and intricate web of life that is both essential and awe-inspiring to behold.

See also: mycorrhizal system, root system, mycelium, fungi, soil

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