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Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

bbc.com
  • Using machine-learning to make sense of millions of direct observations, researchers have visualized the “wood wide web” for the first time ever.
  • This web is a complex network of underground mycorrhizal fungi (plant symbiotes), roots and bacteria which connect plants to one another.
  • It exists under every forest and wood, and scientists are studying it because of its’ role in climate change.
  • The first global map of the "wood wide web" will support efforts like the UN’s trillion tree campaign, as it shows what type of trees to plant in different areas of the world.

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