• An amazing article about the developing science of the interrelations o

    From Bob F@21:1/5 to All on Sun Dec 6 13:13:43 2020
    " Simard suspected that the answer was buried in the soil. Underground,
    trees and fungi form partnerships known as mycorrhizas: Threadlike fungi envelop and fuse with tree roots, helping them extract water and
    nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen in exchange for some of the
    carbon-rich sugars the trees make through photosynthesis. Research had demonstrated that mycorrhizas also connected plants to one another and
    that these associations might be ecologically important, but most
    scientists had studied them in greenhouses and laboratories, not in the
    wild. For her doctoral thesis, Simard decided to investigate fungal
    links between Douglas fir and paper birch in the forests of British
    Columbia. Apart from her supervisor, she didn’t receive much
    encouragement from her mostly male peers. “The old foresters were like,
    Why don’t you just study growth and yield?” Simard told me. “I was more interested in how these plants interact. They thought it was all very girlie.”

    A lot of good reading.


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