Plants may lack brains, but they have a nervous system, of sorts. And now, plant biologists have discovered that when a leaf gets eaten, it warns other leaves by using some of the same signals as animals. The new work is starting to unravel a long-standing mystery about how different parts of a plant communicate with one another.
Until now, scientists thought water moved through trees by osmosis, in a somewhat continuous manner.
Now they’ve discovered the trunks and branches of trees are actually contracting and expanding to “pump” water up from the roots to the leaves, similar to the way our heart pumps blood through our bodies.
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is the Founder and CEO of Bioneers, the internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. He launched the annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his business partner and wife Nina Simons, Bioneers Co-Founder and President.
The Secret Life of Plants (1973) is a book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book documents controversial experiments that reveal unusual phenomena regarding plants such as plant sentience, discovered through experimentation. It goes on to discuss philosophies and progressive farming methods based on these findings.The book was the basis for the 1979 documentary of the same name.
Our concern for animal rights may lead to similar protections for trees – so argues The Hidden Life of Trees. Is there more to this than anthropomorphism?
TREES may have vibrant inner lives that aren’t so different from ours. They thrive in families, form underground social networks and may even feel pain. What’s more, they seem to have individual personalities, benefit from a good night’s sleep and communicate using different types of language.
Sơn Đoòng Cave was found by a local man named Hồ-Khanh in 1991. The whistling sound of wind and roar of a rushing stream in the cave heard through the entrance as well as the steep descent prevented the local people from entering the cave.
Beth Moon is a photographer based in San Francisco that has spent the last 14 years traveling to remote regions of the globe in order to capture photographs of the world’s oldest standing trees. Magnificent and otherworldly, the entire photographic collection has been published in a book titled Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time. Below is a preview from the breathtaking collection.