Gee Whiz Facts

John JackMurphy jmurphy at TFM.FMNH.ORG
Fri Apr 18 16:19:40 EST 1997


>In a previous article, jmurphy at TFM.FMNH.ORG (John Jack) Murphy) says:
>
>>Aspen trees clone by suckering - roots from one tree stem sprout up new
>>tree stems.  The trees you see within an aspen clone are connected by their
>>roots, making the stand a genetic AND physiologically integrated unit.  A
>
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>Yeh, but I could've sworn that I read that this condition only
>lasts a couple years and then the connections are broken off.
>No?
>
>If not, is the fungi at least still the oldest (if not biggest)
>living organism?


Well, I don't know how long aspen roots remain connected.  I also don't
know that the Armillaria clone reported by Smith et al is a contiguous unit
- it may be fragmented into separate ramets.


sincerely

Jack

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