Deconstructing The World …


… and Putting It back Together Again

If you could lift the edge of a woodland floor and roll it back like a carpet you would find a dense web of fungal mycelium. But peeling back a small strip of loose bark on a dead tree is a lot easier, but the pinciple is very similar. All the goodness is being drawn from the dead wood and then transformed into life boosting nutrients which the living plants and trees need to survive, and at the same time is sustaining the fungi. It is the perfect relationship, and a wonder of nature. All this goes on right under our feet 24/7, and most of us are not even aware of it. The web of life reaches out to us all, and sustains us, too.

Fungi Mycelium Hyphae

Beneath a small strip of bark lies a microcosmic wonder of life and death

17 thoughts on “Deconstructing The World …

  1. Hi, I think you would love to read the book The Songs 0f Trees by David Haskell all about the intertwining from trees with all other species. 12 stories from 12 trees all over the world.
    greetings,
    Cécile

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  2. So cool to actually see this!! We’ve documented a whole group of parasitic wildflowers that rather than photosynthesize get their nutrients via this underground web. They form a complex symbiotic (mycorrhizal) relationship with an intermediary fungi to access nutrients from the roots of nearby trees. They are often very odd looking and pop up in the duff of shaded forests. We’ve captured a few on our blog here:
    https://nwwildflowers.wordpress.com/category/saprophyticmycotrophic/
    Thanks for sharing!

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