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A review of studies on mycorrhizal fungi finds there is insufficient evidence for the popular idea that trees communicate and share resources via these underground networks
13 February 2023
The idea that trees communicate and share resources with each other via an underground network of fungi, sometimes called the “wood wide web”, has little evidence to back it up, say researchers who have reviewed the science.
Mycorrhizal fungi live on plants’ roots and grow into vast networks beneath the forest floor. In recent years, books and documentaries have popularised the idea that these fungal networks help trees recognise related individuals …