KNLT’s efforts to protect, connect and restore wildlands is rooted in the foundation that biodiversity is a web of life that is essential to sustaining all life on the planet. This web of life is so complex that science continues to make new discoveries about its connections and functions. The emerging science helps illustrate the essential work we are undertaking to protecting our biodiversity.
Recent research on trees and forests has uncovered that trees are networked through fungi in the soil in ways that allow for behaviors that science is just now beginning to understand. Forests are filled with trees that are interconnected, sharing resources and communicating through a vast network of fungi. The older and larger the tree the more connected it is.
Listen to this fascinating RadioLab episode, From Tree to Shining Tree, to learn more: www.radiolab.org/story/from-tree-to-shining-tree/