5 minute lesson
What if we told you that an internet made of fungus is helping tree stay in constant communication with one another?
The “Wood Wide Web” is a network of fungus underground that connects trees and shrubs to each other. The plants can send signals to each other through this fungus web, just like our internet!
It is fascinating to see how nature is interconnected, and it’s amazing to think about how much we still don’t know. By learning more about this connectivity network, applications can be used to help agricultural practices become more effective, as well as helping to improve conservation efforts.
The wood wide web is still a bit of a mystery to us, but the more we learn, the better we can understand how to best use this web to help the world be greener.
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Thanks to EWCed writer Kati Murphy from Clarkson University for this touchstone and for her contribution to EWCed!
“Plants Use An Internet Made of Fungus.” YouTube. Gross Science, 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 31 Jan. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dibKZHhij6k>.