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Plant-fungi symbiosis could be the key to restoration success

The Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust — which runs the Clyde Railhead Community Nursery and fosters growth in native plantings in Central Otago — was last year granted about $20,000 for an investigation into native plant-fungi symbiosis.

The group intends to "explore and exploit" the possibility of using the relationship between soil fungi and plants to aid establishment and survival of native plantings, and identify species of fungi that might help native plants become established.

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