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From the Ted Talk by Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard: The secret language of trees

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We know the oldest trees have the largest myriacrhzol networks with the most connections to other trees, but these connections are incredibly complicated to trace. That’s because there are about a hundred species of mycorrhizal fungi– and an individual tree might be colonized by dnoezs of different fungal organisms, each of which connects to a uqiune set of other trees, which in turn each have their own unique set of fungal associations. To get a sense of how substances flow through this network, let’s zoom in on sguars, as they travel from a mtraue tree to a neighboring seedling.

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We know the oldest trees have the largest ___________ networks with the most connections to other trees, but these connections are incredibly complicated to trace. That’s because there are about a hundred species of mycorrhizal fungi– and an individual tree might be colonized by ______ of different fungal organisms, each of which connects to a ______ set of other trees, which in turn each have their own unique set of fungal associations. To get a sense of how substances flow through this network, let’s zoom in on ______, as they travel from a ______ tree to a neighboring seedling.

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  1. sugars
  2. dozens
  3. unique
  4. mature
  5. mycorrhizal

Original Text

We know the oldest trees have the largest mycorrhizal networks with the most connections to other trees, but these connections are incredibly complicated to trace. That’s because there are about a hundred species of mycorrhizal fungi– and an individual tree might be colonized by dozens of different fungal organisms, each of which connects to a unique set of other trees, which in turn each have their own unique set of fungal associations. To get a sense of how substances flow through this network, let’s zoom in on sugars, as they travel from a mature tree to a neighboring seedling.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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mycorrhizal networks 3
signaling molecules 2
unique set 2
substances flow 2
tree roots 2

Important Words

  1. associations
  2. colonized
  3. complicated
  4. connections
  5. connects
  6. dozens
  7. flow
  8. fungal
  9. incredibly
  10. individual
  11. largest
  12. mature
  13. mycorrhizal
  14. neighboring
  15. network
  16. networks
  17. oldest
  18. organisms
  19. seedling
  20. sense
  21. set
  22. species
  23. substances
  24. sugars
  25. trace
  26. travel
  27. tree
  28. trees
  29. turn
  30. unique
  31. zoom