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The new information
"dramatically changes our view
of forest ecosystems as
While hiking in the New Zealand wilderness, Sebastian Leuzinger of the Auckland University of Technology and a colleague made an astonishing discovery:
After conducting an experiment, the researchers concluded that nearby trees were funneling water and nutrients to the stump through an interconnected root system.
The revelation supports
the understanding that trees and other organisms work together
for the benefit of a forest.
Then, they waited...
After several weeks, they
discovered a relationship between the water flow in the trees and
Furthermore, when it was overcast or rainy and the water flow dropped in the trees, the stump picked it up.
But, without leaves, the stump's water flow was dependent on the movement of its neighbors. The finding (Hydraulic Coupling of a Leafless Kauri Tree Remnant to Conspecific Hosts), which was published in iScience, undermines the notion of trees as individual or separate entities.
We've long known the symbiotic relationship between fungi and tree roots, but the new information,
He added that the networking of water makes the trees more resistant to water scarcity. However, it also increases the risk of disease spreading.
This could be problematic
for Kauri trees which are affected by a deadly disease called
The most probable of
which suggests that a leafless stump simply becomes part of the host
tree's broader root system.