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It sounds like something straight out of “Weird Things”, but in a forest, “superorganism” is a track from a near-dead tree to life.
The stump of a kauri tree in New Zealand, and it is still alive, thanks to a network of intertwined roots, that is, the sharing of resources, the researchers have found in a network is described as a forest of “superorganism.”
“My colleague, Martin, Bader, and I stumbled upon this kauri tree stump while hiking in the West of Auckland,” said one of the authors of the study, Sebastian Leuzinger, in a statement. “That’s strange, because even though the round had not the foliage, and the life.”
This is an image of the Kauri tree stump in the study. (Credit: Sebastian Leuzinger / iScience)
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“To be blunt, the benefits are clear — it is death, it would have been without the graft, because it does not have a green fabric of his own,” Leuzinger have been added. “But why do you think the green and the trees are holding their grandpa’s tree and is living on the floor of the forest, and while it doesn’t seem to be on offer for the host tree?”
Kauri trees are as tall as 165 feet, Live Science reports.
Leuzinger, along with the Raids, and looking at the flow of nutrients from the stump and to the neighbor and found that she drank the water at different points in time.
“The stem water potential showed a strong part of variation with a minimum during the day and maxima during the night, which coincides with the peak of a minimum of sap-flow in-neighbors, respectively,” the study abstract reads. Sudden atmospheric-driven changes in water relations in the neighbouring kauri trees, which were very, very fast, and vice versa, in the mirror of life is to stomp on the condition of the water. Such an intimate hydrological link with the suggestion of a ‘joint research’, in (species) of trees, with far-reaching implications for our understanding of forest functioning, especially under water deficit.”
“This is different from the normal tree operation, in which the water is driven by the water potential of the atmosphere,” Leuzinger said in a statement. In this case, the stump has to keep track of what the rest of the trees to do it, because it is not transpiring leaves, it escapes to the atmosphere it will go.”
Although it is not clear why the nearly-dead tree to life in the surrounding kauri trees, the researchers offered a possible explanation: in order that the roots may still be of value as a sort of bridge. This would be on the other side “in order to gain access to more resources, such as water and nutrients, as well as to increase the stability of the trees on the steep forest slope.”
“This has far-reaching implications for our perception of the tree, and it’s probably because we’re not really dealing with a tree as an individual, but the forest is like a superorganism,” Leuzinger mentioned here.
The study has been published in the scientific journal iScience.
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