Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | December 8, 2011

Mother Trees Connect the Forest

No wonder the tree is such a potent symbol for Druids. Professor Suzanne Simard shares her latest research regarding forest ecosystems here. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2, as all trees are interconnected with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees in this fascinating, real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration.

Video from KarmaTube


  1. Add to this the fungal “neural pathways” Dr. Paul Stamets wrote about in Mycelium Running and it’s no wonder we feel more connected to the Earth in the forest.

  2. This is so very very very beautiful, please take a look,

  3. forget everything and go out into the forest for a nice hit of realitree! Annmarie,Portland Oregon

  4. I saw a documentary once about the same sort of thing, nature follows a very structured pattern and repeat it again and again, I just can’t remember how it is called now. In a forest, the trees do the same.

  5. Got it… it’s called fractal structure.
    And as for the forest, the study is called fractal analysis of root system.
    Happy New Year, by the way!

  6. Gosh yes! Thank you Mika and Happy New Year!

  7. […] Explaining the communication network that trees (and all plants) use to exchange food and information. […]

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