How nuclear fears helped inspire creation of the internet – Sharon Weinberger | Aeon Essays
The fig tree is pollinated only by the insect Blastophaga grossorun.
The larva of the insect lives in the ovary of the fig tree, and there
it gets its food. The tree and the insect are thus heavily
interdependent: the tree cannot reproduce without the insect; the insect
cannot eat without the tree; together, they constitute not only a
viable but a productive and thriving partnership. This cooperative
‘living together in intimate association, or even close union, of two
dissimilar organisms’ is called symbiosis.