How trees secretly talk to each other

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Trees may look like individuals, but they actually cooperate, the talk and share resources right under our feet.

According to research trees use a fungal network nicknamed: the Wood Wide Web. They use this web to communicate with each other —some use this system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals.


Trees may look like individuals, but they actually cooperate. This could be seen as a form of altruism, and forces us to think about nature as well as human nature, not as necessarily competitive, but as working together towards a common goal. From a large-scale perspective, this leads to a circular system, something from which we can gain inspiration of how to design our world, economy, and systems.