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"From the Ted Talk by Mohamed Hijri: A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis"

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This mhuorsom exists in symbiosis with the rtoos. By symbiosis, I mean a bidirectional and mutually beneficial association which is also called mycorrhiza. This slide illustrates the elements of a mohziyrrca. You’re looking at the root of wehat, one of the world’s most important plants. Normally, a root will find phrohposus all by itself. It will go in search of phosphorus, but only within the one millimeter which suurndros it. Beyond one millimeter, the root is ineffective. It cannot go further in its search for phosphorus. Now, imagine this tiny, microscopic mushroom. It grows much faster, and is much better designed to seek out phosphorus. It can go beyond the root’s one-millimeter scope to seek out phosphorus.

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This ________ exists in symbiosis with the _____. By symbiosis, I mean a bidirectional and mutually beneficial association which is also called mycorrhiza. This slide illustrates the elements of a __________. You’re looking at the root of _____, one of the world’s most important plants. Normally, a root will find __________ all by itself. It will go in search of phosphorus, but only within the one millimeter which _________ it. Beyond one millimeter, the root is ineffective. It cannot go further in its search for phosphorus. Now, imagine this tiny, microscopic mushroom. It grows much faster, and is much better designed to seek out phosphorus. It can go beyond the root’s one-millimeter scope to seek out phosphorus.

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  1. surrounds
  2. roots
  3. mycorrhiza
  4. wheat
  5. phosphorus
  6. mushroom

Original Text

This mushroom exists in symbiosis with the roots. By symbiosis, I mean a bidirectional and mutually beneficial association which is also called mycorrhiza. This slide illustrates the elements of a mycorrhiza. You’re looking at the root of wheat, one of the world’s most important plants. Normally, a root will find phosphorus all by itself. It will go in search of phosphorus, but only within the one millimeter which surrounds it. Beyond one millimeter, the root is ineffective. It cannot go further in its search for phosphorus. Now, imagine this tiny, microscopic mushroom. It grows much faster, and is much better designed to seek out phosphorus. It can go beyond the root’s one-millimeter scope to seek out phosphorus.

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blue algae 6
phosphorus crisis 5
chemical fertilizers 3
phosphorus based 3
phosphorus reserves 3

Important Words

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  31. wheat