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Article: Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

Article: Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

Article: Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

This article shows you what great and underestimated beings plants really are.

It turns out plants communicate with each other using an internet-like network of mycelia – the thin threads that make up most of the body of a mushroom – that connects the roots of different plants.They use it for example for sharing nutrients, as one experiment showed where phosphorus was injected into a pant and higher phosphorus levels were measured in several other plants around.

Around 90% of land plants are in mutually-beneficial relationships with fungi, called “mycorrhiza”. Plants exchange carbohydrates with those mycorrhizae and in return get water or other nutrients. They also help the plants’ immune systems, making them more resistant to disease. Bigger trees (so-called donor trees) help smaller ones, like seedlings in the shade – which are likely to be short of food – to get more carbon. This shows once more how interconnected the Natural wold is.
Primitive people know it; we forgot it, and now we slowly start to relearn it.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet

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