- Aug 12, 2015
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"I am not a single tree. I am the whole forest.". About twenty years ago, an ecologist named Suzanne Simard discovered that trees “communicate their needs and send each other nutrients via a network buried in the soil.” She has continued her research to learn how trees, “send warning signals about environmental change, search for kin, and transfer their nutrients to neighboring plants before they die.” "These plants are not really individuals in the sense that Darwin thought they were individuals competing for survival of the fittest," says Simard. "In fact they are interacting with each other, trying to help each other survive." We don't think about it because we can usually only see what is above ground. This exemplifies one of the great lessons of ecology: seemingly separate organisms are connected and depend on each other.
Trees are awesome. If a hot one asked me, I would marry it.