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Wood Wide Web: New global map to assess climate change

Trees are connected by an underground network of fungi that provide them with nutrients and help share resources between neighbouring trees. This system has been nicknamed the Wood Wide Web.

Now a team of scientists, including Tom Crowther from ETH Zurich and Brian Steidinger from Stanford University, have mapped this network on a global scale. Dr Crowther explains how the new model could help predict and assess climate change, as well as aid forest managers in the restoration of woodlands around the world.

(Image: Illustration of a forest scene, Credit: BBC/Jules Bartl.)

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