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The more we learn about these underground networks, the more our ideas about plants have to change. They aren't just sitting there quietly growing. By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbours by sharing nutrients and information – or sabotage unwelcome plants by spreading toxic chemicals through the network.
Some of these plants, such as the phantom orchid, get the carbon they need from nearby trees, via the mycelia of fungi that both are connected to. Other orchids only steal when it suits them. These "mixotrophs" can carry out photosynthesis, but they also "steal" carbon from other plants using the fungal network that links them.
originally posted by: Flesh699
I wonder if we are a highly evolved form of fungus???
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
And the mushroom itself is an offer of access to the plant internet, should some animal accept the generous, loving offer.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
The more I hear the more likely Earth being a living organism seems to be. Maybe Gaia isn't a myth after all.