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Fungi are key players of the deep biosphere

In addition to the life on the surface of the Earth and in its oceans, ecosystems have evolved deep under us in a realm coined the "deep biosphere" which stretches several kilometers down into the bedrock. Down there, the ...

dateJul 04, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Growth mechanism of fungi decoded

Fungi grow with tubular cells extending by kilometers. Growth takes place exclusively at the tip. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now found out how this works: Construction materials are transported ...

dateJun 08, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Fungi awake bacteria from their slumber

When a soil dries out, this has a negative impact on the activity of soil bacteria. Using an innovative combination of state-of-the-art analysis and imaging techniques, researchers at UFZ have now discovered that fungi increase ...

dateJun 07, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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