Dr. Suzanne Simard is a professor with the UBC Faculty of Forestry. She comes with the amazing discovery that mycorrhizae and mycorrhizal fungi forms networks between the trees that allow for a type of communication between the trees. It’s a symbiotic relationship; the trees provide the fungus with carbohydrate energy in return for water and nutrients that the fungi collect from the soil.
“The mycorrhizal networks form when mycelia connect the roots of two or more plants of the same or different species.
Survival of these young trees was greatly enhanced when they were linked into the network of old trees.