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  • Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity – or lack thereof, study finds

    University of Illinois plant biology professor James Dalling, graduate student Adriana Corrales and their colleagues found that fungi that associate with tree roots can profoundly influence plant diversity in a tropical forest.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach James Dalling, call 217-244-8914; email

    To reach Adriana Corrales, email 

    The paper “An ectomycorrhizal nitrogen economy facilitates monodominance in a neotropical forest” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.