Mycelium

One of our more recent discoveries is mycelium: little fibrous fungi that connect plants in a network of vast and staggering scale. They are a cornerstone of natural ecosystems and are proof of our interconnectedness – allowing trees to relay chemical signals with one another in warning, cooperation, and compromise. These relationships are super complex, and stretch beyond the relationship between individual plants and fungi. Each plant could be attached to hundreds of mycelia, and each mycelia could be attached to hundreds of plants. Kind of like our brains, or the internet, there are millions of nodes and links. These links help plants transfer sugars, hormones, stress signals, and carbon. Absent a brain or a centralized nervous system, fungi teach us about how to be connected to great spirits, and how to think beyond thought – to a natural and sophisticated deep knowing of the world around us.