If you have ever taken a a hike in the forest when it is very quiet and you just listen. Besides the animal sounds and bird song, you can almost hear the trees making noises as though they have a language of their own. Peter Woohlleben, author of “The Hidden Life of Trees” is a German forester and has spent years on this subject.
Peter states “trees use scent to talk, agree to bloom together and take communal action against pests.” The is backed up with scientific data but if you love nature, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
A most interesting fact is about the African acacias that pump toxins in their leaves when giraffes eat them. Then, they give off a gas to warn nearby trees that release toxic substances to protect themselves. “Other species send chemical distress signals and electrical impulses through the fungal networks at their root tips when under attack from insects, thereby alerting their neighbors to the impending danger.”
Trees are connected through their root systems and are able to exhange nutrients, and protect one another from pests, store water and generate humidity.
This is how the tree communicates and they are protecting their fellow trees to survive in the forest. Now let’s take a walk in the forest with a different set of eyes.
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