Heterotrophic Plants

Most plants make their own food using photosynthesis. We call them autotrophic. But there are a small number of plants that lack the ability to feed themselves due to the absence of chlorophyll. Heterotrophic plants must rely on other organisms to supply them with food. Of the approximately 400,000 species of plants on earth, there are only around 3,000 that

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Mutualism between Fungi & Plant Roots

We tend to see the life of a plant as a simple, solitary effort of converting sunshine to energy and gathering nutrients and water from the soil. However, just below ground there is often the support of hidden allies. Most plants are masters of photosynthesis (autotrophic). They are able to take sunlight and convert it into carbohydrates, which the plants

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Mutualistic Symbiotic Relationships of the Maned Wolf

Header Photo: Maned wolf in the grass, Courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar (flickr) When thinking of the natural world, we often focus on the fight for survival, the battle of prey versus predator or the competition for available food or territory. And yet there are many examples of different species working together for the benefit of both. This is known

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