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November 4, 2019

TED Talk Toby Kiers “Lessons from fungi on markets and economics”

Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their capacity to be opportunistic (and sometimes ruthless) -all in the absence of cognition. In a mind-blowing talk, evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers shares what fungi networks and relationships reveal about human economies, and what they can tell us about inequality.

TED Talk Toby Kiers “Lessons from fungi on markets and economics”

Toby Kiers

Laureate 2019

Toby Kiers is interested in the interaction between plants and micro-organisms in the soil. An active trade in nutrients takes place between roots and fungi which can be described using  economic theory that is actually meant for human markets. Her original approach provides new insights into the evolution of societies in the natural world. 

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