Why Would Trees Keep a Nearby Stump Alive?

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  • Researchers from the Auckland University of Technology found that tree stumps can survive even if they don’t have any foliage.
  • This is because the root system of the stump and nearby trees were grafted together which can happen when a tree recognizes that nearby root tissue is similar enough to establish an exchange of resources and therefore keeping it alive.
  • With the risk of more frequent and severe droughts, a tree might be able to survive by withdrawing water from the community’s shared root.

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