Fungi living beneath the seafloor are widespread in ocean environments around the world, according to a new paper by scientists at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
“They’re ubiquitous,” said co-author Jennifer Biddle, assistant professor of marine biosciences at UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “They are everywhere.”
Biddle and her colleagues examined mud taken from the bottom of the sea at sites ranging from off the coasts of Oregon to Peru to Namibia. Through a careful examination of genetic material in the samples, they found about 70 different kinds of fungi.
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