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In the Plant Kingdom, the newest technologies have traced the routes by which carbon flows from roots to fungi and nitrogen flows the other direction.

New processes include isotopic labeling, spectroscopic analysis, and gene characterization and expression measurements to develop working models for carbon and nitrogen metabolism and transport for the answer to questions about their mechanisms.

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While fewer species live in the ocean than on land, marine life represents much older evolutionary lineages that are fundamental to our understanding of life on Earth. – Ward Appeltans of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

Scientists have observed that if a plant is infected by some kind of disease it will transmit information to the other plants of its network and those plants will not be so aggressively attacked because of the warning enabling them to defend themselves.

Those networks, pictured above, called mycorrhizae, are fungus that colonize the host plants’ roots and look like white threads that hang off all the roots. They are known for being used to exchange nutrients and water.