September 01, 2016 at 08:47PM on Facebook

“In later experiments, we’ve been pursuing whether these older trees can recognize kin, whether the seedling that are regenerating around them are of the same kin, whether they’re offspring or not, and whether they can favor those seedlings — and we found that they can. That’s how we came up with the term ‘mother tree,’ because they’re the biggest, oldest trees, and we know that they can nurture their own kin.”
A good new interview with Suzanne Simard, main discoverer of the “wood-wide web.”
Exploring How and Why Trees ‘Talk’ to Each Other by Diane Toomey: Yale Environment 360