Electric Fungi and the Wood Wide Web

While scientists are arguing over whether trees are talking to each other or not, one study has found that mushrooms are talking to each other in patterns similar to human speech! This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we explore this notion of the wood wide web, why science will always need magic, and did Noel and Jacob once again end the fight between scientists?

Nature is lit

The exact moment lightning strikes a tree captured in June 2022 by Debbie Parker in Hardy County, West Virginia.

Tree of life

An aerial photo of Lake Cakora in New South Wales, Australia by photographer Derry Moroney that strongly resembles a tree. The water is soaked by tea tree oils, which gives it the vibrant brown color.

Sakura tree

This sprawling Edo higan zakura cherry blossom tree is 330 years old and has been designated a Natural Monument by the city of Nirasaki, Japan.

Webbed tree

The knotted branches of Strangler Fig tree (also known as Spider’s Web tree) taken in Nanning, Guangxi, China. 

Spring water

A droplet of water captures the lush green forest that surrounds it like nature’s snow globe.

Tree-Rex

A hiker might imagine they’ve stumbled across a real-life Jurassic Park at the first sight of this tree in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Cheeky tree

It’s common for a tree to develop a burl, which is unsprouted bud tissue that becomes a knobby growth, but it’s rather uncommon for it to be so cheeky.

Run for it

While this could either be a motivational poster or a cautionary tale, this mesquite tree in the Sonoran desert seems to be quickly fleeing from something.

Restore the Forests with Spencer Plumb

This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Spencer Plumb from the National Forest Foundation to talk about the importance of natural fires, how trees are the OG carbon capture technology, and sometimes you have to save the world with the power of Excel spreadsheets!