The Wood Wide Web

I recently became obsessed with fungi (as anyone who follows my instagram will know!) and this article on the BBC Earth site helps explain why I am becoming more passionate about mushrooms the more I find out about them:

It’s an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime.

No, we’re not talking about the internet, we’re talking about fungi. While mushrooms might be the most familiar part of a fungus, most of their bodies are made up of a mass of thin threads, known as a mycelium. We now know that these threads act as a kind of underground internet, linking the roots of different plants. That tree in your garden is probably hooked up to a bush several metres away, thanks to mycelia.

Read much more here: Plants have a hidden internet

There’s also a great little set of videos by the Open University here that cover some of those topics: