How Trees Talk

Fascinating short clip on how trees communicate via huge networks of fungi in the soil, fascinating stuff. These symbiotic relationships are nothing short of amazing!

“The massive underground roots of Fir trees are colonized by below ground Fungi, because the Fungi can’t produce their own food. Instead, their vast underground networks tap into the roots of trees and other plants. The plants provide the fungi with carbon based sugar. And the fungal network returns the favor, providing the trees with nutrients. Many plant species are dependent on Fungi for their survival and the Douglas Fir is no exception. in turn, the underground fungi are equally dependent on the trees carbon.”
Run time: 4:34sec | By: PBS: Nature: What Plants Talk About 2013 | At: British Columbia Rain Forest

Another video shows Suzanne Simard talking in more detail about her research behind these plant communication networks and the so called “mother trees”.
http://blip.tv/the-university-of-british-columbia/do-trees-communicate-5351099

Suzanne’s publications/research:
http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/suzanne-simard/

Author: Andrew

My name's Andrew Towell, I’m 32 years of age and I was born and live in a coastal town called Hartlepool located in the North East of England. The idea behind starting the blog is for me to research sustainable living practices, I enjoy growing plants so their will be an emphasis on organic food production.

6 thoughts on “How Trees Talk”

  1. For our part in The Healing Garden, sensational sounding as it is, we are less than amazed at stories of talking and plants and animals. Naturally, the living world communicates to us. From the beginning of time there are lots of stories about talking plants and animals. We are waiting patiently, season after season, for stories about how humans listen. Thanks for your website. We are looking forward to our next visit. – The Healing Garden gardener

    1. Thanks for dropping by, good to get some feedback on the posts I’m making. I’m also waiting for the day people listen to what natures telling us, maybe the more we tell people they are “talking” the more they’ll think to “listen”.

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