The underground houses one of the most diverse, yet vastly neglected, communities on Earth.
Microbial networks of fungi and bacteria power the world’s soil by mediating the earth’s nutrient flow, and sequestering carbon. From tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra, scientists are discovering the ingenuity complexity of these underground ecosystems, and the threats that they face.
Did you know: Organisms, like bacteria, use fungal networks for transport. These microscopic ‘superhighways’ allow microbes to move quickly between different roots.
Fungal networks formed by mycorrhizal fungi
connect plant roots underground.
Fungi & plants trade nutrients underground
Did you know: Fungi can ‘play the market’, and actively move resources to roots willing to pay more. What can humans learn about economics underground?