A Tree’s Social Life


We human beings are very social beings. We need to communicate with each other to survive. Trees too are very social beings and they care for each other. The big old trees are like mother trees that feed their kin. Trees entertain a network of underground roots and mychorriza fungi through which they communicate and share food. For example, a tree that can photosynthesize more sugar than it needs will use this network to share it with another tree that for one reason or another needs more sugar. Trees are participating in the same sort of solidarity that allowed traditional human societies to survive and flourish. And is it not that what we should be doing this holiday season?


Oscar Hernandez,

Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics McGill University and Faculty Member Marianopolis College.




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