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The origin of land plants: a matter of mycotrophism.

Authors
  • Pirozynski, K A
  • Malloch, D W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biosystems
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1975
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
153–164
Identifiers
PMID: 1120179
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

It is hypothesized that terrestrial plants are the product of an ancient and continuing symbiosis of a semi-aquatic ancestral green alga and an aquatic fungus-an oomycete. The Siluro-Devonian "explosive" colonization of land, and indeed the very evolution of plants, was possible only through such mutualistic partnerships-partnerships that were equipped to cope with the problems of desiccation and starvation associated with terrestrial existence.

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