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Pollution is changing the fungi that provide mineral nutrients to tree roots, causing plants in Europe to become malnutritioned, a study has found.
To get nutrients from the soil, trees host fungi, known as mycorrhizal fungi, in their roots. These fungi receive carbon from the tree in exchange for essential nutrients, like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which they gather from the soil.
Some of these fungi are known above-ground from the mushrooms and truffles they form.
This plant-fungal symbiotic relationship is crucial for the health of the tree. Recent studies have noted signs of tree malnutrition across Europe, such as discoloured leaves or leaves lost from the crown, but the mechanisms underpinning these symptoms are unclear.
A ten-year study led by Imperial College London (ICL) and the Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK showed that tree characteristics and local air and soil quality have a large impact on mycorrhizae.
The study, published in the journal Nature, examined 40,000
Rejuvenated after a month-long break, India’s top shuttlers, including P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, will resume their quest for glory when the south-east Asia leg of BWF world tour begins with the USD 700,000 Malaysian Open here tomorrow.
Srikanth and Sindhu had skipped the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in May to regain full fitness ahead of the hectic schedule which includes back-to-back tournaments such as the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open, USD 350,000 Thailand Open and USD 355,000 Singapore Open, followed by the prestigious Asian Games.
Srikanth and Sindhu have been in good form as they returned with silver medals from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but the fortnight-long multisport event also took a toll on their body and they worked hard on their fitness.
After bagging four titles last season, fourth seed Srikanth will look to lay claim to his first crown of the season when he begins his campaign against former world number 2 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, who is on a comeback ..
The Delhi Police today told a city court that its probe into the allegation of rape against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj was underway and efforts were being made to take the case to its logical conclusion.
In its three-page status report submitted before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Anurag Dass, the crime branch of the Delhi Police said the allegations made by a woman are based on two year-old incidents.
In the present case, allegations are more than two years old which are being verified. All-out efforts are being made to collect corroborating evidences to prove the allegations.
A detailed and thorough probe is being done to establish the veracity of allegations and the alibi taken by the accused persons. Sincere efforts are being made to conclude the investigation and take it to its logical solution at the earliest, the police said in its report.
The police have also informed the court regarding recovery of CCTV footage and the various statements recorded so far.
Malaysian authorities have arrested a former aide to ex-premier Najib Razak after reopening an investigation into the 1MDB scandal, state media reported today.
The new government, which stormed to a shock victory at elections last month, has revived investigations into the sovereign wealth fund, which were shut down by Najib.
Najib, his family and cronies were alleged to have stolen billions of dollars from the investment vehicle in an eye-watering fraud that stretched around the globe.
Disgust at the allegations — denied by Najib and 1MDB — were a major factor in his coalition’s poll defeat.
The 42-year-old aide, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested late Sunday after giving a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, state-run news agency Bernama reported.
He appeared in court this morning, covering his face as he was taken in handcuffs into the building. A judge granted the commission’s request for him to be remanded in custody for a week to help with …