Plant Communication: Talking trees

Animalism Blog

This is a wonderful blog site that I have followed for some time (though not visited enough). T. O. Daria (30 years experience with autism) has some thoughts that are outside of the ordinary. I encourage you to visit and check out some of the wonderful insights on human and animal behaviour.

via Plant Communication: Talking trees

Prof. Suzanne Simard, forest ecologist (the University of British Columbia) and her colleagues have discovered that the trees and plants of an ecosystem are connected and share resources via an underground web of fungi that move nutrients, carbon and water between trees, depending on their needs. This helps the whole system of trees and other plants to flourish. Susan Simard describes how ‘Mother Trees’ are connected to all other trees in the forest by this network of fungal threads – actually managing the resources of the whole forest community. `

Prof. Richard Karban, the ecologist, is learning the ‘language of the plants’. He says that the debate is no longer whether plants can sense one another’s biochemical messages — they can — but about why and how they do it…..


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A snippet from this blog

… In 1973, South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed that plants had ‘emotions’ that could be recorded on a lie detector test. The first two research papers on ‘talking trees’ were published in the beginning of the 1980s. These studies demonstrated that willow trees, poplars and maples can warn each other about dangers, such as, e.g., insects attacks – by releasing volatile organic compounds into the air….


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18 thoughts on “Plant Communication: Talking trees

  1. Thanks for this find, Colette. I have talked to plants for years, not just in the abstract. I have felt their pains and joys, and they mine. I could not imagine life without them.
    But speaking of which, besides Tolko, we also have another forestry-stripping company up here owned by Norbord. An OSB plant. They are clear-cutting the forest around their plant in order to protect themselves from future forest fires. I just saw their handiwork for the first time yesterday, and I feel like we have been raped. The once beautiful forest escaped the wildfires only to be cut down JUST IN CASE. More and more wildlife is coming into town looking for food that no longer exists due to the recent fires. I fear than a lot of it is not leaving on their own four feet, the town has stopped telling us about it. And nobody cares! Their damned property is more valuable to them than living creatures. I am glad I am getting old. I won’t have to watch this slaughter of living beings too much longer. Humans need to learn total compassion, or disappear.

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    1. Oh, my friend, that is such a sad picture, that you paint with your words. I am saddened by this beyond measure. I think humans will disappear. Too few of us care. 😥


  2. When we park our arrogance that humans are the peak of evolution- which is silly when you realize we know very little about the rest of the universe and only marginally more of our own solar system or even planet, then if would seem self evident that any part of any ecosystem has to communicate.

    No man is an island, but nor is an ant, a tree or even a rock. It’s encouraging that science is uncovering the communication facilities of trees and plants.

    In non-dualism (advaita) all of this is obvious and hopefully, it will lead to more respect for nature.

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      1. Exactly. We had loads of chip mulch brought in by a dear tree trimmer in our community and what happened to the piles when it rained? Tons of mushrooms sprung up! My helper Sarah and I were thrilled to spread that mycellium-rich stuff around the gardens, which are thriving. We are both (and all, Chris too) holding the vision for ‘the shift’ that seems imminent. The new society, as you put it, is well overdue. Love ❤

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        1. Oh, yum!! Wow. I lovelovelove mushrooms. Nice to procure food from the wild. We don’t get that too much here, but oh, the fruit … I have picked 10 gal of dragonfruit (pitaya) in just the past 2 days with more coming! I just give it away by the armloads. Avos are still hanging from the tree and the pamplemousse are getting bigger … papaya all the time, breadfruit waiting to be harvested, and Buddha’s hand hanging from heavy boughs. It’s so cool that anywhere we go (if it’s out and away from the madness), we can discover such bounteous gifts from Mother Nature. 🙂

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    1. I find solace and comfort amongst trees, Rhapsody. To commune with the trees is to find wisdom and compassion in our thoughts. Trees are the founding element that supports land animals, including us. We do not appreciate them enough as a population. Hugs. 🤗❤️🌳

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      1. No kidding. I used to work with someone who gave me dirty looks because she couldn’t relate and understand that I like trees. She thought they were boring. I never forgot and I never looked at her the same after that shallow statement.
        Hope you are feeling better love. ❤️

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