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The Secret Life of Orchids – Part I: Fungi

By Maria Anderson

We know some types of fungi turn ants into zombies, but fungi are not always the bad guys. In the case of orchids, fungi are actually the victims.

Melissa McCormick, a plant ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, explains the unique relationship between orchids and fungi:

Visit the North American Orchid Conservation Center website to learn how the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is leading the charge to save orchids, and check out a 3-D scanned orchid below:

 

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