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Introduction to ecosystems
Introduction to ecosystems

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3 Fungi and the woodwide web

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Fungi are an important component of ecosystems, especially in forests or woodlands, as they are valuable for decomposition. Decomposition breaks down dead organic matter, releasing nutrients, which can then be reabsorbed.

In this audio, Dr David Robinson talks about how fungi also have an intimate relationship with trees, which extends the woodland ecosystem underground.

Reflect on the chain of interactions occurring between trees and fungi, starting with the photosynthesis in the tree canopy and ending with fungus in the tree’s roots absorbing nutrients.

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