Skin burning, I went back to the shade and examined the wasp sting. I must reveal my ladies how to make a plaster of baking soda. I sat and leaned back versus the old tree nurturing that crescent of seedlings through the mycorrhizal network, the needles of the young trembling in the afternoon air.
The old trees were the moms of the forest.
The centers were Mom Trees.
Well, mom and dad trees, given that each Douglas fir tree has male pollen cones and female seed cones.
However … it seemed like mothering to me. With the senior citizens tending to the young. Yes, that’s it. Mom Trees. Mom Trees link the forest.
This Mom Tree was the main center that the saplings and seedlings embedded around, with threads of various fungal types, of various colors and weights, connecting them, layer upon layer, in a strong, intricate web. I took out a pencil and note pad. I made a map: Mom Trees, saplings, seedlings. Lines sketched in between them. Emerging from my illustration was a pattern like a neural network, like the nerve cells in our brains, with some nodes more extremely connected than others.
If the mycorrhizal network is a facsimile of a neural network, the particles moving amongst trees resembled neurotransmitters. The signals in between the trees might be as sharp as the electrochemical impulses in between nerve cells, the brain chemistry that enables us to believe and interact. Is it possible that the trees are as observant of their next-door neighbors as we are of our own ideas and state of minds? Much more, are the social interactions in between trees as prominent on their shared truth as that of 2 individuals talked? Can trees recognize as rapidly as we can?
How comparable could the mycorrhizal network truly be to a neural network? Sure, the pattern of the network and the particles transferring from node to node through the links may be comparable. However what about the presence of the synapse; isn’t that important to signaling in a neural network?
Could details be sent throughout synapses in mycorrhizal networks, the exact same method it occurs in our brains? Amino acids, water, hormonal agents, defense signals, allelochemicals (toxins), and other metabolites were currently understood to cross the synapse in between the fungal and plant membranes. Any particles getting here by method of the mycorrhizal network from another tree may likewise be sent through the synapse.
Chemicals are launched into these synapses, and the details needs to then be carried along an electrochemical source-sink gradient from fungal-root pointer to fungal-root pointer, comparable to the functions of a nerve system. The exact same fundamental procedures, it appeared to me, were taking place in the mycorrhizal fungal network as in our neural networks. Providing us that flash of radiance when we fix an issue or make a crucial choice or align our relationships. Possibly from both networks emerge connection, interaction, and cohesion.
It was currently accepted commonly that plants utilize their neural-like physiology to view their environment. Their leaves, stems, and roots sense and understand their environments, then change their physiology– their development, capability to forage for nutrients, photosynthetic rates, and closure rates of stomata for conserving water. The fungal hyphae, too, view their environment and change their architecture and physiology. Like moms and dads and kids, my ladies and Don and me, adjusting to alter, lining up to discover brand-new things, determining how to sustain. I ‘d be house tonight. Mothering.
The Latin verb intelligere indicates to understand or view. Intelligence.
The mycorrhizal networks might have the signature of intelligence. At the center of the neural network in the forest were the Mom Trees, as main to the lives of the smaller sized trees as I was to Hannah and Nava’s wellness.