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Mycorrhizal systems are a dynamic symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi in which the fungi form a web-like network around a plant's roots, exchanging carbon and nitrogen in exchange for photosynthetically-produced carbohydrates. This natural exchange results in greater nutrient uptake by the host plant, the fungi providing the plant with access to soil nutrients, water and growth hormones, and the plant providing the fungi with the raw materials for growth. This symbiotic relationship is essential in the creation and maintenance of healthy soil, and at a spiritual level may signify the importance of embracing relationships in order to reach our highest potential.

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

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