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Today's fun fact: Forests are inherently socialist. Seriously.

In a forest, most plants are linked together by an underground network of mycorrhizal fungi. Via the fungi, the plants share resources around so that they can all benefit. Wha's more, the plants contribute more or less depending on how much they have. Plants with more resources contribute more to their community, helping to nurture the small, young, and weak ones.

This is one of my favourite random pieces of knowledge!

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Don't take my word for it either. There's scientific literature about plants sharing resources. This paper, Walder et al (2012) is free to read.

This same principle, incidentally, is why intercropping works. 🌱

plantphysiol.org/content/159/2

@InvaderXan I really recommend people look up a book called 'the hidden life of trees' as a good layman introduction to how forests are incredible

@InvaderXan There's a fantastic book which goes into more detail about it, if you want! Called The Hidden Life of Trees, by Wohlleben.

Even talks about how redwoods help albino trees to survive, as they are often unable to make their own food, but they are able to store heavy metals. They trade food for keeping these toxic materials out of the environment.

@Estrusflask So is your neighbourhood. So is your home. You can find terrible things wherever you look for them. I prefer to look for things which aren't terrible. Life is more enjoyable that way.

@InvaderXan Here's a nice BBC article on plant interconnectivity, which it calls the "wood wide web"

bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-p

>"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."

@InvaderXan There was a study recently that showed the trees and fungi didn’t just β€œshare” resources, they also stored them for each other, like batteries or like emergency pantries. The nutrients didn’t just spread around in an ambient general way, they were disbursed to any specific tree or fungal zone that was injured. The storage could last for decades.

@demonkind Oh that's interesting. I love how there's so much we don't fully understand about there things yet. It seems like I'm always learning new things!

@binchicken Don't fear the trees. They've ruled the world for longer than we've existed. Without them, we wouldn't be here. πŸ’š

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Anyone who likes this fact will enjoy reading "the hidden life of trees" by Peter Wohlleben.

@InvaderXan As usual in nature, it's not all peaceful: While tree communities exist, other tree species are at war with each other, using toxins and other weapons. E.g. the willow's long branches are sharp and used as whips to cut off other trees' branches.

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