Mycorrhizal Networks and Mycelium Leather

One topic we discussed this week was mycelium and mycorrhizal networks. In mycorrhizal networks, threads of fungal cells called hyphae grow through the soil, picking up nutrients and water, and trading these resources for photosynthetic carbon with connected plants. This exchange happens at the interface between the plant’s root cortical cells and the fungal cells wrapped around them. This “symbiotic, mutualistic, reciprocal relationship” helps protect forests; rather than compete, plants share resources to help each other survive.