n. A symbiotic network of connections between tree roots and fungi that enable the trees to share nutrients.
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A plant under attack from aphids can indicate to a nearby plant that it should raise its defensive response before the aphids reach it. It has been known for some time that plants communicate above ground in comparable ways, by means of airborne hormones. But such warnings are more precise in terms of source and recipient when sent by means of the myco-net.
—Robert Macfarlane, “The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web,” The New Yorker, August 07, 2016
Researchers have found that mycorrhizae can actually bind trees into a community by facilitating the transfer of nutrients among them. And experiments with saplings have even shown that sugar can be traded via the “myconet.”
—Scott K. Johnson, “Guilds of trees share their sugar,” Ars Technica, April 15, 2016
2012 (earliest)
Mother Tree: rhizosphere, fungal networks, communication and resource sharing. Internet? Myconet!
—Guido Masé, “Mother Tree: rhizosphere…,” Twitter, January 24, 2012
Myconet, as you already know, is a BBS totally devoted to fungal information, run by Blaise Pabon & Christian Smith.
The Mycophile, North American Mycological Association, January 01, 1994
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