Study Finds Mycorhizal Fungi Responsible for Most Carbon Sequestration

Scientists have known for quite some time that northern forests sequester a lot of carbon—they pull in carbon dioxide after all, and “breath” out oxygen. But what the trees actually do with the carbon has been a matter of debate—most have suggested that it’s likely carried to needles and leaves then eventually drops to the forest floor where over time decomposition causes it to leech into the soil.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-fungi-responsible-carbon-sequestration-northern.html#jCp

Scientists have known for quite some time that northern forests sequester a lot of carbon—they pull in carbon dioxide after all, and “breath” out oxygen. But what the trees actually do with the carbon has been a matter of debate—most have suggested that it’s likely carried to needles and leaves then eventually drops to the forest floor where over time decomposition causes it to leech into the soil.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-fungi-responsible-carbon-sequestration-northern.html#jCp

Scientists have known for quite some time that northern forests sequester a lot of carbon—they pull in carbon dioxide after all, and “breath” out oxygen. But what the trees actually do with the carbon has been a matter of debate—most have suggested that it’s likely carried to needles and leaves then eventually drops to the forest floor where over time decomposition causes it to leech into the soil.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-fungi-responsible-carbon-sequestration-northern.html#jCp

Reason #7,000,999,000,133 not to cut down the forest:

Folks have long known that northern forests sequester a lot of carbon- they ‘pull’ in carbon and ‘breathe’ out oxygen. This study, done in Sweden, finds that how that works is through the trees sending the carbon down to their roots, via sugars, where the sugars are eaten by fungi connected to the trees roots (in exchange for nutrients, water, and much more) and the carbon residue is expelled into the soil.

Read more: Fungi Responsible for Carbon Sequestration

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