What if ectomycorrhizas actually accelerate decomposition to a greater extent than arbuscular mycorrhizas in a northern deciduous forest?
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❌ No “Gadgil effect” was observed in ectomycorrhizal (EcM) forests
🍄 Decomposition was faster in EcM vs. arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) forests
🐌 Restricting access to external fungal hyphae slowed down decomposition in AM forests
Fungal hyphae colonizing litter in beech forest (Québec, Canada).