Mother trees and the plant-fungi network

Rebalancing Acts

I found multiple articles this week talking about how plants (trees, in particular) are connected with one another through their connections with fungi (usually referred to as mycorrhizal networks, and also called the “wood-wide web,” because it facilitates communication as well as transportation of nutrients). I’ve read about this before, but it never stops blowing my mind with how amazing it is. One piece I found a while ago talking about plant-fungi associations mentioned that almost all plant species appeared to have at least one fungus associated with them, that they rarely grow in isolation. I’ve wondered just how healthy plants are when we grow them in places far removed from their native area, or whether they form associations with local fungi . . . Of course I know even many houseplants can live for many many years, without being part of networks like that, isolated from other plants and…

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Author: Morag

Morag Spinner is a writer, a witch, and an activist (sometimes all three) living in British Colmbia, Canada. Zie's fat and genderqueer, and zie crafts all manner of things, from spell jars to duct tape bags to shawls to blankets to random bits of kitsch. Zie's obsessed with chocolate and listens to far too much Evanescence.

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