Talkative trees, and a fungal internet

trephina bluffMany trees rely on wetland ecosystems to provide them with water through dry months.  Many eucalypts make their homes along rivers and creeks that may be dry for months at a time – their long roots tap underground water in times when rain is scarce.

Scientists studying trees have discovered that they can communicate with one another via an underground network of fungi called mycelium.  Some trees also communicate with one another by releasing chemicals from their leaves, warning their neighbours when insects are attacking.

POETRY PROMPT: Write a poem that is a conversation between some wetland plants, where one has important news to share with the others.


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