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Erosion, on the down low

Experiment shows how microscopic fungi attack minerals

1:06pm, July 13, 2009

For the first time, scientists have observed how the tiny fungi that live on plant roots begin to break down rocks. The researchers watched fungi disrupt the crystal structure of a common mineral in rocks, physically eroding the rock and also setting the stage for chemical breakdown.

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