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Trees Communicate via the “Wood-Wide Web”

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 Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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