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Trees Communicate via the “Wood-Wide Web”

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One of Rachel and Kathy’s all time favorite podcasts is an episode from Radiolab called “From Tree to Shining Tree.” It starts with a family dog’s accidental dive into an outhouse pit which leads to a young girl’s interest in the amazing things happening under the forest floor and finally to her discovery of an underground network of fungi and tree roots: “the wood-wide web.” The podcast shares what scientists have learned, including how fungi and trees cooperate so that trees can grow tall, pass along messages and food to each other, and even how the fungi creates trees made of salmon.

If you have 34 minutes to listen, we think you’ll love it too. And in the meantime, here’s the gist of the story in a 1:51 minute video from Project Earth. Enjoy!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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