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A symbiotic association between roots of higher plants and fungi is called

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ferns
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lichens
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mycorrhiza
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blue green algae
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The correct option is C mycorrhiza
Most fungi are heterotrophic and absorb their food from dead and decaying matter and hence they are called saprophytes. Some fungi can also live as symbionts. Fungi in association with algae are called "lichens" and fungi in associationwith roots of higher plants as "mycorrhiza".

A fern is a pteridophyte that belongs to the plant kingdom.

Blue green algae is the other name for Cyanobacteria. They are prokaryotes that come under Kingdom Monera.

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