Just stumbled across it today, and it is fascinating stuff.
This was one of my favorite parts: "The pattern of nutrient traffic showed how “mother trees” were using the network to nourish shaded seedlings, including their offspring—which the trees can apparently recognize as kin—until they’re tall enough to reach the light. And, in a striking example of interspecies coöperation, Simard found that fir trees were using the fungal web to trade nutrients with paper-bark birch trees over the course of the season. The evergreen species will tide over the deciduous one when it has sugars to spare, and then call in the debt later in the season. For the forest community, the value of this coöperative underground economy appears to be better over-all health, more total photosynthesis, and greater resilience in the face of disturbance."
Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
posted 5 years ago
Dayna - Yes , that is the New Yorker article cited in the NPR interview . Thanks for the link !
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