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
glycoproteinfound in soil, important in the storage of carbon
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.]
"They also produce a sticky sugar-protein substance called glomalin, that is very resistant to degradation, and helps improve soil structure," he said.