Scientists On How Trees Talk Through an Ancient ‘Otherworld’ Network

Scientists On How Trees Talk Through an Ancient ‘Otherworld’ Network

As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, this site may earn from qualifying purchases. We may also earn commissions on purchases from other retail websites. Trees talk to each other deep underground. It’s an idea still relatively new to science but familiar to ancient beliefs. Today, scientists are confirming that forests act like one big superorganism. Below the ground, fungal highways connect the trees. Through this highway, the oldest trees nurture their young. What’s more, the trees communicate and cooperate with other species. Thus, they may help each other, contrasting with the idea of selfish competition. Trees Talk on the ‘The Wood-Wide Web’ Yes, trees talk to each other, but how? After millions of years of evolution starting 600 million years ago, fungi and plants formed symbiotic relationships called a mycorrhiza . Notably, the word comes from the Greek for fungus and root. Here’s how it works: In exchange for sugars and carbon from the trees, the fungi provide what trees require: minerals, nutrients, and a communication network. Similar to an internet connection, the mycorrhizal network extends throughout the forest. Fungal threads called hyphae create a highway and merge with tree roots. Then, trees can send […]

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