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Word of the Week: Mycorrhizal
July 18, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

The fuzzy hairs surrounding this root are Mycorrhizal fungi!

Mycorrhizal [mahy-kuh-rahy-zuh] (noun): 

A type of fungus that has a mutually beneficial relationship (also called a symbiotic relationship) with the roots of plants. Mycorrhizal fungi grows inside or surrounds the roots of plant which allows for the exchange and movement of nutrients, water and even communication between plants. 

At High Park, we might not see Mycorrhizal fungi in action, but underneath our feet a web of Mycelium at work! 

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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