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April 3 2013

Fungi and roots store a surprisingly large share of the world's carbon

The largest fraction of carbon held in the soils of northern forests may derive from the living and the decomposing roots of trees and shrubs and the fungi that live on them.

By some estimates, the planet's soils contain more than twice the carbon in the atmosphere. Boreal forests cover about 11% of Earth’s land surface and contain around 16% of total soil carbon.

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