AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

01 April 2017

Wood-wide.


The wood-wide web or the mycorrhizal network, as scientists call it, is a vast system of root connections hidden beneath the trees that is made up of the filaments of fungi growing in and around the plant’s roots producing many of the forest mushrooms we enjoy. Providing more absorption for the trees than the roots they grow on their own, mycorrhizal fungi dramatically increase the plant’s water and mineral supply. The tree also makes and delivers food to the fungus in this mutual give-take relationship. This fungal system is so complex that it also serves as a conduit between trees, connecting acres to one another.

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