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While walking in the Colorado  woods after several weeks of rain I found a great variety of mushrooms and fungi. They seem to grow well in the Rocky Mountains. Fungi and ponderosa pine trees grow in a symbiotic way.  Symbiosis is when two different plants or species live together in a way that helps them survive and grow. The mushrooms and roots have a relationship called mycorrhiza.  The fungi attaches to the secondary roots of the tree.  The pine tree gets nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous from the fungi.  In turn the tree provides moisture and the roots help hold the mushrooms in place. In some parts of the world pine trees won't grown until a certain mushroom or fungi is added to the soil

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