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This week on the Daily Beat: We delve into the different biological and natural forces that helps us form synergy with our surroundings.
Today on the Daily Beat, Wednesday November 04, 2015: Kathryn Morris, a chemical ecologist at Xavier University, speaks with us about her study of interconnected fungi. Dr. Morris studies the chemical ecology of plant interactions. This requires eavesdropping on the conversations that plants have with each other and with insects and microbes in their environments. These conversations can be friendly when plants warn neighbors that dangerous herbivores or pathogens are in the area, or not so friendly when plants actually try to kill neighbors to reduce competition for resources.
Animals might also exploit the fungal internet. Some plants produce compounds to attract friendly bacteria and fungi to their roots, but these signals can be picked up by insects and worms looking for tasty roots to eat.
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