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Problem: Why are mycorrhizal fungi superior to plants at acquiring mineral nutrition from the soil? a. Hyphae are 100 to 1000 times larger than plant roots. b. Hyphae have a smaller surface-area-to-volume ratio than do the hairs on a plant root. c. Fungi secrete extracellular enzymes that can break down large molecules. d. Mycelia are able to grow in the direction of food.

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Why are mycorrhizal fungi superior to plants at acquiring mineral nutrition from the soil? 

a. Hyphae are 100 to 1000 times larger than plant roots. 

b. Hyphae have a smaller surface-area-to-volume ratio than do the hairs on a plant root. 

c. Fungi secrete extracellular enzymes that can break down large molecules. 

d. Mycelia are able to grow in the direction of food.

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