Do trees communicate with each other?
Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
They might seem like the strong, tall and silent type, but trees actually communicate with each other.
Forest ecologist Dr Suzanne Simard, from the University of British Colombia, studies a type of fungi that forms underground communication networks between trees in North American forests.
Big old trees — dubbed 'mother trees' — are hubs in this mycorrhizal fungal network, playing a key role in supporting other trees in the forest, especially their offspring.