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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on The Mother Tree Concept: Tamboti Trees and their Hidden Connections

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Love this one, Barry. Fascinating

Glad you enjoyed it, Susan!

Superb article on a hot topic in the most prestigious international research magazine, written with passion, all nature then depends on this relationship also in the Amazon it is like a worldwide thread on earth. Life in water also depends on microorganisms and the relationship between green algae and reef. Absolutely mesmerising pictures, a masterwork, thank you!

Hi Francesca, we certainly are learning more and more about the relationships within the botanical world. The Amazon is an incredible place that I hope you’ve had the opportunity to visit…few, if any, places like it!

Hi Barry, thanks for this vital information about the Tamboti trees. It is indeed a very beautiful tree, now that you have shared this important information about the mycelial networks of the mother tree, we can understand the growth and interconnections of all living things.

Hi Valmai, they really are beautiful and fascinating trees.

This was fascinating to read Barry as it’s a subject that has not been highlighted in traditional media sources. Reading about the symbiotic relationship among the Tamboti trees made me think about forests in general, and why some species will suffer from a disease yet others are unaffected. It makes me wonder if there is a mycelial network among some trees but not all.
More to think about, research……

Hi Denise, I think diseases are part of the natural world and a way for mother nature to keep things in balance far beyond our ability to understand. But as more and more research is done and we learn more we also learn how much we still don’t know. That, in my opinion, is the real beauty in nature.

Barry, thank you for the information on the Tamboti tree. Like many things in nature, I believe all trees talk with or communicate with each other and sometimes even cross species.

Hi William, there certainly is communication between different species and we are learning more about it each day.

Amazing how trees interact and communicate with each other. Splendid article Barry!

Hi Christa, glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks for reminding us about the fascinating life of trees in such a well researched blog. We first heard of this from Jess Shillaw whilst at Londolozi – amazing to think of the support and inter-connection of trees – it was mind blowing!

Hi Jennifer, the connection within the trees really is something to marvel at. I’m happy to hear that Jess shared this with you too.

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Well done, Barry!
As an aside, I hope to come back during the month of September to witness the “jumpers”.
source: https://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_tamboti.html
“Tamboti flowers in September and the pea sized seeds develop in three-lobed capsules which fall, when mature in November, to the leaf litter below. If you stand by a copse of Tamboti trees on a hot November day you may hear a distinctive rustling in the litter and if you look more closely you will see some flicking in the litter due to some seeds jumping intermittently.”

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