It is probable that some of you are as surprised as I was when I first heard this word but if I also tell you that this word is associated with what some scientists consider the oldest and largest living being, by extension, on the planet, we already hallucinate.

  Or rather, and I point out, the largest under the face of the Earth.

  And that is how the combination, symbiosis and synergy of the union between the roots of the trees and the hyphae of the fungi is called.

  It turns out that this union of roots of trees and hyphae work like the neural network of a brain and its synapse between axons and dendrites.

  It is known that, thanks to this synergy, the trees communicate with each other in a similar way to the animals and that they distinguish between the trees that are their direct relatives and those that do not.

  Even so, they help each other to grow and share nutrients, but giving a preference to their closest relatives.

  The oldest and largest trees are considered mother trees and share their water and nutrients according to the needs of each plant or younger tree.

  In fact, when someone fells one of these mother trees, the survival of the rest of the forest is drastically reduced.

  It is known that they also communicate on the surface, through volatile organic compounds (odors), to share among them the keys to defend against various pests, etc.

  It is also this capacity of interconnection and generosity between them, which allows them to adapt, face or recover better in the face of fires, wind storms, climate change, etc….

  Experts say they are living beings much more complex and more like us than we think and, that as proof of this, we should know that trees have pulse and breath just like us.

  So you see, ancient living beings, fully connected to Mother Nature, who help each other sharing their resources, warning of dangers and, in general, helping to survive.

  I believe that, without a doubt, humans should learn a lot from the millenary wisdom of these beings.

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  1. Zeus69

    I loved this post @Dresden, symbiotic relationships, nature is fantastic, there is a story of this, in a place called Knysna, South Africa the natural forest, where there were lily’s growing many years back, moths lived on the plant, and the larvae ate the bad bacteria, people thought the moths larvae were eating the plant, so they poisoned them, the moth and the lily plant is now extinct.
    Regards and great post,
    Mark (Zeus69)

    1. Miguel A. Cabanes Post author

      Thanks a lot for your compliment, @Zeus69! I’m glad you like it!
      This story that you tell me is very sad; as sad as the harsh reality and as the ignorance of the human being.
      I hope that African place can recover soon in some way, like many other sites devastated by the hand of man.

    1. Miguel A. Cabanes Post author

      Thank you very much, @cryptosdecrypted!
      Not believing first what you hear or read is always a good and healthy attitude, although in my case I like to investigate and contrast well before publishing anything; although I put only two related research sources, I actually checked and contrasted more.
      I also agree with you that Nature is exciting and that we still have a lot to discover.