SciCafe: The Wisdom of the Forest

Part of SciCafe

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Roots of a large tree with the leaves of a sapling in view next to it. Courtesy of Mali Maeder/Pexels
Are trees secretly communicating with each other in the forest? If so, what are they saying? 

Suzanne Simard is an ecologist and New York Times-bestselling author dedicated to uncovering the vast networks of trees in natural forests. Simard’s findings show that trees are social beings that exchange nutrients, help one another, and communicate about insect pests and other environmental threats.  

These networks, however, are under threat, both by destructive practices of deforestation and human activity-fueled climate change, leading to species die-offs and increases in infestations. In this month’s SciCafe, find out about some of the groundbreaking methods of recovery for these tree networks, which might just be the clue to saving forests from extinction. 

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