Friday, October 27, 2017

Radiolab's in Awe of the Fungi Miracle

In this 34 minute audio presentation by RadioLab, the discussion is about the inter-relationship of fungi, carbon and minerals, trees, soil, and plants. It is all about how amazingly important the role of fungi are. The way in which fungi transfer minerals, they call "a miracle". The fungus can actually build a tunnel through rock, using the springtails in the soil in their process. As always, life eats life.

"it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent"

There may be as many as 10,000 springtail insects in one square meter of soil. To see David Attenborough's segment on the amazing springtail in his BBC undergrowth series, see this short video below: