Plants Use An Internet Made of Fungus

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If a tree is infected with bugs in a forest, can it warn the neighboring trees? Amazingly, this communication happens regularly. Scholars observe the phenomenon and learn how scientists discovered the way fungus works as a neural network connecting plants across the land.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss how the wood wide web is similar and different from the World Wide Web
  • Encourage creative solutions for how scientists could learn to translate this communication
Classroom Considerations
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Pros
  • Provides captions in English, Portuguese, and Slovenian 
  • Offers to show the video again if you miss a question
  • Includes many additional resources for those wishing to learn more
Cons
  • None