Which type of interaction does a mycorrhiza show?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 2 months ago

Which type of interaction does a mycorrhiza show?
 
(a) Predation
 
(b) Parasitism
 
(c) Mutualism
 
(d) Commensalism
 
I had been asked this question during an interview.
 
My doubt stems from Population Interactions-1 in chapter Organisms and Populations of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 2 months ago

Correct choice is (c) Mutualism
 
To elaborate: Mycorrhiza is a mutualistic interaction between fungi and plants. About 80-90 percent of plants rely on mycorrhiza for the uptake of minerals (nitrogen, phosphorous, etc.) from the soil. While plants supply essential nutrients such as sugars to fungi for their proper growth.