‘Wood wide web’—the underground network of microbes that connects trees—mapped for first time

It is vague. I suppose it would be like the connection you can have with a pet. You learn to know what body languages mean between each other, understand verbal/non-verbal communications, and can have a general sense and understanding with one another.

Animals have a sense that we know is there but can’t really understand. They can sense when an earthquake is about to happen, some say they know when something tragic happens within their family of people before others do. Others say they can sense the paranormal.

Research is showing that plants can sense when they are being eaten and emit an odor or change the way it tastes to prevent it from being eaten. Other research shows trees can communicate to other trees that their leaves are being eaten by giraffes and other animals, to get them to change their taste/odor and deter the giraffes from eating the whole forest.

I think our connection with plant life could be somewhere in all that. Maybe if we stopped to listen to the wind and smell the air we could develop that connection.

I know, it sounds crazy...but it’s just a thought. I don’t have any science to back it up.

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