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If a steel plate is driven down into the ground to sever the connection between the tree and the Monotropa and/or Mushrooms, the carbohydrate supply is cut off and the Monotropa and Mushroom fruitbodies will make no further growth and then die.

If radioactive label is applied to the phloem in the bark then the label will be picked up in the Monotropa and in the mushroom fruitbodies but  not in adjacent plants (in theory).