Special Fungi May Help Forests Absorb More Carbon

A study conducted by the scientists of Imperial College London has revealed that a certain kind of fungi may enhance trees’ capacity of absorbing carbon dioxide.


Trees absorb carbon dioxide on a massive scale, through photosynthesis trees consume CO2 and release oxygen. But a forest is an intricately organized community of symbiotic organisms that coexist. Scientists found a new kind of fungus called ectomycorrhizal fungi which helps trees absorb more carbon dioxide and grow faster. 

These fungi live near the root of plants and help them absorb more water, carbon dioxide and minerals; the plant in return feeds the fungi by photosynthesis. This type of fungi is also known to slow down the decay process of dead organic matter thus delaying the re-emission of carbon dioxide.

 Scientists are now thinking of using these fungi for enhancing food production in farms as they accelerate growth. This will also help reduce the use of chemical based fertilizer which cause unbalance in the natural mineral composition of soil.