More evidence: trees are people too


We arrogant humans consider ourselves to be the crowns of creation, but perhaps trees deserve that honour. I’ve been collecting evidence. For example, I admire the work of Monica Gagliano who has demonstrated learning (Pavlovian conditioning) in trees. Lesser plants also express emotions.

We’ve known for years that trees communicate quite complex information with each other using an underground network of fungal filaments

Now, there is fascinating new information. Neighbouring trees warn each other of aphid attacks, so defences can be mobilised.

So what, you ask? Some automatic mechanism that improves survival rates, so is selected for?

My counter question is, why should the already attacked tree bother?

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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1 Response to More evidence: trees are people too

  1. Joan Y. Edwards says:

    Dear Bob,
    I love trees and appreciate them. Thanks for sharing.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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