Challenging the view that trees and other plants are just dumb, uncommunicative individuals, research has shown that large, diverse populations of plants communicate through the extensive web of mycelium that runs below the soil’s surface. Members of the plant community share nutrients, information and team to repel invaders. Further, this web has its own analog to cybercrime, with some plants victimizing others through it. The BBC offers some perspective on all this: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet

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