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Undead Tree Stump Is Being Kept Alive by Neighboring Trees
Gizmondo ^ | 25 july 2019 | George Dvorsky

Posted on 07/25/2019 1:22:39 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT

A tree stump in New Zealand is very much alive, thanks to an interconnected root system that benefits both the stump and its neighboring trees. Scientists say this unusual symbiotic arrangement could change our very conception of what it means to be a tree.

We tend to think of trees as individuals, but the roots of some species fuse together to allow the sharing of resources, such as water, carbon, mineral nutrients, and microorganisms.

Leuzinger and Bader stumbled upon the stump while out for a hike. The woody stub caught their eye because callus tissue could be seen growing over its dead and rotting parts. It was also producing resin, which indicated the presence of living tissue. This prompted a more thorough investigation in which the researchers measured water flowing through the tissues of the stump, and also its rate of respiration, which matched those seen in the surrounding trees.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: gizmondo; kauri; newzealand; qanon; undead
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I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

1 posted on 07/25/2019 1:22:39 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: DUMBGRUNT
I've always liked that poem
2 posted on 07/25/2019 1:25:24 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Heh. Try to kill a tulip poplar by cutting it down to a stump. Itll grow back, trust me ...

Liriodendron tulipifera


3 posted on 07/25/2019 1:25:25 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

IIRC there’s a stand of Aspen in the North West that is, as a single organism, among the oldest living things on earth.


4 posted on 07/25/2019 1:25:33 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

But enough about Hillary.


5 posted on 07/25/2019 1:25:40 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DUMBGRUNT

I thought this was a story about Pelosi.


6 posted on 07/25/2019 1:26:24 PM PDT by Spok
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Quaking aspen groves are known to be amongst the largest single organisms on the planet.


7 posted on 07/25/2019 1:27:25 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: DUMBGRUNT

More than a few mycorrhizal fungi also had a part in keeping it alive.


8 posted on 07/25/2019 1:28:09 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: SpaceBar

“Strange but True: The Largest Organism on Earth Is a Fungus”
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-largest-organism-is-fungus/


9 posted on 07/25/2019 1:29:58 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Here in the Puget Sound region I have seen several Douglas Fir stumps where the bark has grown over the cut completely. It’s usually right next to a living tree, but not always.


10 posted on 07/25/2019 1:31:50 PM PDT by dainbramaged (My dog can drive a stick shift and the cat is jealous.)
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To: Fungi

Do mushrooms grow other mushrooms?


11 posted on 07/25/2019 1:31:57 PM PDT by Does so (A mysterious nuclear explosion would have the fingerprints of Uranium One!)
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To: Fiddlstix

So, the long dreaded Zombie Apocalypse is going to be... trees?


12 posted on 07/25/2019 1:33:28 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

A similar thing is going on with Hitler’s brain.

When the time comes, Bill and Hillary’s head will be added to the pod.


13 posted on 07/25/2019 1:35:34 PM PDT by fruser1
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To: fruser1

14 posted on 07/25/2019 1:36:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Why the hell doesn’t the tree just die?

I do not care. I cannot lie.

Maybe that’s because unlike the tree.

There is nobody out there supporting me.

:)


15 posted on 07/25/2019 1:37:04 PM PDT by dp0622 (Bad, bad company Till the day I die.)
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To: Grimmy

That is why a chainsaw is the weapon of choice in the zombie apocalypse


16 posted on 07/25/2019 1:37:21 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (TRUMP TRAIN !!! Get the hell out of the way if you are not on yet because we don't stop for idiots)
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To: Does so
Yes. Many mushrooms are parasitic on other mushrooms. Hypomyces lactifluorum. Boletus parasiticus parasitizes the earthball Scleroderma citrinum. There are even Penicillium species parasitic on other Penicillium species!
17 posted on 07/25/2019 1:39:55 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Rurudyne

“IIRC there’s a stand of Aspen in the North West that is, as a single organism, among the oldest living things on earth.”

and the largest ...


18 posted on 07/25/2019 1:41:20 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

I really really, don’t care.


19 posted on 07/25/2019 1:41:42 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

I know quite a few humans who identify as tree stumps.


20 posted on 07/25/2019 1:42:38 PM PDT by twister881
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