Soil fungi act like a support network for trees

ScienceDaily | Oct 23, 2020 at 8:02 PM
  • The study, published in the Journal of Ecology, is the first to show that the growth of adult trees is linked to their participation in fungal networks living in the forest soil.
  • When they colonize the roots of a tree, fungal networks act as a sort of highway, allowing water, nutrients and even the compounds that send defence signals against insect attacks to flow back and forth among the trees.
  • The network also helps nutrients flow to resource-limited trees “like family units that support one another in times of stress,” Birch noted.