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Who Runs the World? Tiny Ancient Superorganisms!

by | Feb 29, 2024

Have you ever wondered if you’re truly in control of your life? Well, buckle up, because science has some news that might just change your perspective. It turns out, we might be sharing our world with some incredibly powerful, and ancient, superorganisms – and they’re not what you might expect.

Forget about Hollywood portrayals of giant, alien squids. The superorganisms I’m talking about are much, much smaller –  fungi! Yep, those fuzzy friends (or foes, depending on your experience with moldy bread) can actually form vast networks underground, spanning continents and weighing millions of tons.

These fungal networks, aptly named “mycelia,” are like the nervous systems of the forest. They weave through the soil, connecting trees and plants, and helping them share nutrients, water, and even messages.

Here’s the mind-blowing part: some of these mycelia are estimated to be thousands of years old, making them some of the oldest living organisms on Earth.  Imagine a single organism surviving and thriving for millennia, silently orchestrating the ecosystem around it!

But how does this relate to us in 2024? Well, understanding these fungal superorganisms could hold the key to unlocking a lot of potential. They could be used to develop new medical treatments, improve agricultural yields, and even help us remediate polluted soil.

So next time you see a mushroom, remember, it might just be the tip of the iceberg – a tiny part of a massive, ancient superorganism that’s been around for longer than you can imagine, and could very well play a crucial role in our future.

So, the next time you feel like you’re in control, remember, there might be a whole network of microscopic super-collaborators working behind the scenes, reminding us that we’re all part of something much bigger than ourselves.

Tags:nature | science

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