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News came through of a raid

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News came through of a raid.

The brethren soaked up the sun. Beneath them, their network crackled and underground supply lines flowed.

The brethren soaked up the sun. Beneath them, their network crackled and underground supply lines flowed. Communication was survival.

This new threat came from a single attacker,

This new threat came from a single attacker, but more would follow.

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The article was about trees.

The article was about trees. She read that the tree she sat under could recognise others of its family.

The article was about trees. She read that the tree she sat under could recognise others of its family. Fungal networks connected their root systems.

Chemical signals and electrical impulses conveyed messages to their kin, travelling an inch every three seconds.

Chemical signals and electrical impulses conveyed messages to their kin, travelling an inch every three seconds. Sugar was transferred through the tangled roots to feed sick trees.

Feeling movement in her hair, she raised a hand, dislodging a caterpillar.

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The elm had identified the invading caterpillar by its saliva and released pheromones to summon parasitic wasps.

One would lay its eggs inside the caterpillar, condemning it to an unpleasant death.

More were now hatching.

More were now hatching. Few would survive to take wing.

The elm’s warning crossed the forest, travelling an inch every three seconds.

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