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Ninety-Eight Percent of Fungi Remain Unidentified

Fungi are considerably more diverse than we thought. A study published this month in Ecological Monographs suggests that 10 times more fungi exist than previously estimated, bringing up the number from 1.5 million to a whopping 6 million worldwide. Researchers calculated the amount after finding a fungus to plant ratio of 17 to 1 in the spruce tree forest soils of Alaska. If the results are accurate, 98% of fungi remain unidentified.

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