Trees ‘stressed’ by the climate crisis work together to form resource-sharing root networks

Trees ‘stressed’ by the climate crisis work together to form resource-sharing root networks
Latest studies show tree communities are not engaged in ‘survival of the fittest’ race, but make mutual gains through cooperation, writes Harry Cockburn

T

he growing recognition of how trees communicate with one another is a 21st century phenomenon which has revolutionised how we think about , woodlands and the individual trees which populate them.

They are not all separate plants indifferently competing with their neighbours for nutrients and sunlight, だが, we now know, team up and interact with one another in various ways to help nurture and protect each other and the communities they live in.

But new research highlights how trees facing adverse conditions brought by the climate crisis appear to share resources more readily – thereby protecting themselves and each other.

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