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Of Dry Lands and Social Soils

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Story to inspire the discussion about Drylands and NBSAPs.

Come on a trip to the Wood Wide Web and let social soils tell you all about Drylands Patchwork Habitats, Soil Services and the Forgotten Billion. Find out how Rocket Science meets Traditional Knowledge, and how we can learn from Super-Organisms and Biodiverse Partnerships for NBSAPs.

'By the time you have read the headline of this article, 36,400 tweets were sent and 45,632 pieces of content were shared on Facebook, where you will spend 43 seconds while reading to the end. Just statistically of course, in hope of your undivided attention. Nevertheless, 15% of all online time is spent on social media, showing just how connected the world became with more than 2 billion users. Then again, this number is only greeted with weary smiles by some other creatures who might not update their status as often, but are way more connected than us: They already invented the social network 400 Million years earlier: The Wood Wide Web is the largest unseen communication system on Earth, where 92% of all plant families have an account. Instead of tweeting, plants use symbiotic association between their roots and special fungi. This so called mycorrhiza enables long distance communication between plants by sending chemical information that benefits the receivers. Messages like ‘#StimulateDefense against @Parasites’ or ‘#InhibitGrowth of neighboring @Plants. PLS retweet’ turn a habitat into one super-organism. Soil Social Media at its best...'

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