Can Trees Communicate?

Can tree’s with one another? While walking through the woods with shiny red boots science professor Graber and company come across two sycamore trees. They are side by side but not touching. They grow in such a way that ones branches grow but not as to touch the other trees. Almost as if knowing not to invade the space of the other. They are generous with each other because they are positioned in a way that they share sunlight. Even the roots weave in and out with each other, almost as if they can communicate with each other. Can they? 

Darwinism teaches that each tree fends for itself. Greedily taking any nutrients and sunlight it can get from the other. In darwinism it teaches trees are survival of the fittest and the others get left behind. Is this really the case, or can we observe something else? Something only we can see when looking close. 

When scientific evidence is raised on the matter it refutes the idea that each tree is on its own. As a matter of fact the scientific evidence shows quite the contrary. That trees not only are symbiotic but that it often pairs with other trees not even in the same species, in order to help and be helped. This unique but undisputed evidence is the case. When the eye looks up in the forest you will see that each tree has its own space and doesn’t appear to help or cooperate with others around it, however, when you dig a few inches underground to study the root system, it seems to be the opposite. They actually bond and help each other. 

It has different names when you are referring to a root system of a tree. Some people refer to it as the “web of roots”. How exactly are all these trees connected? If you would dig up the root on a group of trees in the forest and expose the web of roots at first glance you wouldn’t notice that they are connected. That is because they are not physically connected, but they are connected through fungus. The fungus helps them unite. Fungus has the relationship with each tree that is symbiotic and forms the bond. Here is how that works. The fungus helps give the tree some nutrients and in return the tree gives up a portion of the sugar. Of course that sugar comes from the process of photosynthesis that we all learned about in grade school where the sunlight is turned into energy. It is an excellent exchange. The fungi devours the small amount of sugar from the tree and then gathers nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus for the tree. 

Back to the point, how then do trees communicate to one another. That is through the fungus. The fungus helps one tree system by helping the other. So on and so forth. This process continues over and over again throughout the root system all through the forest, and it all happens under our feet and we don’t even realize it. 

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