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Scientists map the Wood Wide Web

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Eldorado
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"Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another.

"This subterranean social network, nearly 500 million years old, has become known as the "wood wide web".

"Now, an international study has produced the first global map of the "mycorrhizal fungi networks" dominating this secretive world."

Full report with video at the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48257315

Report at Science Mag: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/wood-wide-web-underground-network-microbes-connects-trees-mapped-first-time

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Doug1o29

Tree roots often meet and graft underground.  In my shortleaf pine records are two trees that were broken about 12 feet above the ground by an ice storm.  One had no living crown at all and the other had one small twig about three feet long.  Both were still alive and growing six years after the storm.  How's that for root-grafting?

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Tatetopa
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You might enjoy a book by a German forester if you have not already read it:  The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben.  I got it for Christmas a few years back.  Its a fun read.

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