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It is a fungi that forms a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. The fungus obtains sugars and starches ("food") from the plant that was produced in photosynthesis, whilst the plant gains increased supplies of nutrients captured from the soil by the fungus. The plant receives nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (the same ingredients in most fertilizers), water, and in some cases protection from pathogens.  Examples of Mycorrhizal fungi seen at IslandWood are: Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric), Boletus edulis (King Bolete),and  Cantharellus Cibarius (Chantrelles).