Researchers at the University of British Columbia are concluding that trees are interacting with one another in a symbiotic relationship that helps the trees to survive. Connected by fungi, the underground root systems of plants and trees are transferring carbon and nitrogen back and forth between each other in a network of subtle communication. Similar to the network of neurons and axons in the human brain, the network of fungi, roots, soil and micro-organisms beneath the larger ‘mother trees’ gives the forest its own consciousness.
A dicovery like this completely changes the way we relate to the natural world, yet it shouldn’t be an surprise. Humans seem to be more disconnected than ever from nature, so it is refreshing to see some evidence that our sensity to nature is expanding.
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Forest ecologist Dr Suzanne Simard discusses how this process works by taking us into the forest and explaining how plants that are meters apart are able to shuffle nitrogen and oxygen back and forth between each other in order to assist in each other’s survival.
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