Recently it’s been discovered that the root system is much more complex than previously thought. A plant's or tree's roots spread across the land, and by doing this they come in contact with the roots of other plants and trees. Through a symbiotic relation with mycelium, information between trees and plants are exchanged underground. This complex system, is rhizomatic in structure and resembles the networks of brain cells, or even the one seen in the internet. Hence, why many scientists refer to this find as the Wood Wide Web. Experts have supported that the plant's thinking structure happen in the root system. Some scientists point out that we seem to have understood plants wrong all this time; we should think of them upside down, since their "brains" are in their roots!
The notion that plants can talk will produce a lot of future research and debate. After all, if many people decline to eat animal meat due to empathy to the animal's suffering, then what would we do if we understand that plants also suffer, fear and feel pain?
This new exhibit at the MuseOn, is part an artistic installation, inspired by the artist Giuseppe Licari’s work, ‘Humus’, and part an educational project. It also aims to promote closer relations to plants by the visitors, and to foster the understanding of the importance of preservation of the ecological system that surrounds us and that we desperately need to know better.
We invite all EARJ Community members to visit this amazing exhibition at the MuseOn, everyday from 10am to 3:30pm!