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Time-calibrated phylogeny for seed plant species

Prof. Hafiz Maherali and collaborators help to explain the persistence of symbiosis between plants and mycorrhizal fungi

The prevalence of mutualism nature, in which different species cooperate for common benefit, is difficult to explain. Theory conflicts on whether mutualisms should be stable or abandoned over evolutionary time. On the one hand, natural selection is expected to favour exploitation over cooperation because individuals that derive benefit from a mutualistic partner can maximize their own fitness by cheating, or otherwise avoiding the costs of cooperation.

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