Being highly connected to a strong social network has its benefits. Now a new study is showing the same goes for trees, thanks to their underground neighbours. This study is the first to show that the growth of adult trees is linked to their participation in fungal networks living in the forest soil.
For billions of years life on Earth was restricted to aquatic environments, the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes.
Then 450 million years ago the first plants colonised land, evolving in the process multiple types of beneficial relationships with microbes in the soil.
These relationships, known as symbioses, allow plants to access additional nutrients. The most intimate among them are intracellular symbioses that result in the accommodation of microbes inside plant cells. A study recently published describes the discovery of a common genetic basis for intracellular symbioses.
Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows. Scientists used satellite data to measure the extent of subnival vegetation – plants growing between the treeline and snowline – in this vast area.
Improper adoption of climate impact modelling could leave us ill prepared for even higher temperatures and more frequent heatwaves, according to new research.
The synchronization of seed production by trees has garnered attention due to its importance in agriculture, forestry and ecosystem management. Therefore, understanding the timing and mechanisms that contribute to synchronized seeding can be a useful management tool.