Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A glycoprotein produced by the hyphae of mycorrhizal fungi that sequesters large amounts of carbon in the soil and improves soil structure by acting as a clumping agent.

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  • noun biochemistry A glycoprotein found in soil, important in the storage of carbon

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Glomālēs, former order name (now Glomerālēs) of the fungi producing the glycoprotein (from Glomus, type genus, from Latin glomus, glomer-, ball of yarn, in reference to the peridia of the genus, covered with numerous threadlike hyphae) + –in.]

Examples

  • "They also produce a sticky sugar-protein substance called glomalin, that is very resistant to degradation, and helps improve soil structure," he said.

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