Trees are often considered silent and solitary beings, but recent research has revealed that these giants of the forest are highly social and communicate with each other in ways we never imagined. One of the most fascinating discoveries has been the complex communication network that trees establish through their root systems.
For years, scientists have known that trees communicate with each other through chemical signals, such as pheromones, released into the air. However, it wasn’t until recently that researchers discovered that trees are also capable of communicating underground through their root systems.
Trees have an intricate network of roots that extend far beyond the area of their canopy. This root system not only helps the tree absorb water and nutrients from the soil but also allows it to communicate with other trees in the vicinity. In fact, trees use their root system to send and receive messages about their environment, such as the availability of nutrients or the presence of insects.
The communication network between trees is facilitated by fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with the roots of the trees. These fungi, known as mycorrhizae, create a vast network of underground threads that connect the roots of different trees in the area. The mycorrhizae act as a kind of internet, allowing the trees to share information and resources with each other.
When a tree is under attack from pests or disease, it releases chemical signals into the air and the soil. These signals are picked up by the mycorrhizae, which then transmit them to neighboring trees. The neighboring trees can then adjust their behavior to respond to the threat. For example, they might produce more defensive chemicals to ward off the pests or disease.
Trees can also communicate with each other to share nutrients. When one tree has access to an abundance of nutrients, it can share them with neighboring trees through the mycorrhizae network. This allows the trees in the area to support each other and ensure their survival.
The discovery of this complex communication network between trees has led to a new understanding of the forest ecosystem. Rather than a collection of individual trees, the forest is a highly interconnected community that supports the growth and survival of all its members. By working together, trees can adapt to changes in their environment and thrive in even the harshest conditions.
Trees are not the solitary beings we once believed them to be. Through their root systems and the help of fungi, trees are able to communicate with each other and work together to ensure their survival. This fascinating discovery has given us a new appreciation for the complexity and interconnectedness of the natural world.
How does this relate to dib®?
Realizing that a forest is made up of many species and not usually only one, this research revealed an interesting fact to me about the the roots of one species being able to “connect to” and communicate to the roots of “a different” one. That the trees are about survival of the forest, and not only themselves. Sounds odd at first, but its not.
Now more so than ever, the idea of the self made millionaire is everywhere. Social media platforms are full of individuals publishing over night “get rich quick” systems and content. A small yet influential part of our world promotes that you can make it all on your own, and in some cases, that may be true. In my experience, including the majority of people who have shared their tales with me tell a very different story.
Most anyone who has taken the time to reflect on their journey, and dig deeply into what it has taken to achieve their dreams have a different experience. Seldomly, do we get to where we are, or where we wish to go on our own. Inevitably, our journey’s are made up many people, and a few who play pivotal roles in helping to push, pull or help us to cross our finish lines. These contacts, connections, relationships, or friends almost always end up being able to support in ways that may or may not be directly in line with your hope, dream or goal. Sometimes it is the listening they do, that helps open your eyes to options, considerations, or answers. Sometimes, its is simple encouragement, the kind that helps to fortify belief in yourself that helps you push through challenges. Finally, and in a few cases, there people in our lives who are able to pull us onto the path we are working towards running on.
In my coaching experience, whether it’s personal, business or sport, I encourage a change in perspective, belief, or alignment,.. call it what you wish.
That change is that the “what’s in it for me” mindset has to go through a mind-shift. Although always helpful, personal gain or growth is not always most beneficial when received in the form of financial reward.
The Dreaming Is Believing® community is made up of people like you!
A fungi called mycorrhizae acts as the connective tissue between trees in the space we cannot see.
This “invisible” helper creates the important connection required for all trees in the local environment to support each other.
Being recognized in plain sight should not be the goal, that feeling of recognition is temporary.
“Most of the time, it’s the things we can’t see that help us achieve our dreams.”
– William Lucas
– William Lucas – this is dib®