“Mummy, What’s that Smell?”: SMH Climate Activist Explains Tim Flannery’s Electrical Impulse Tree Communication Theory

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Sometimes you encounter a mainstream media climate article which you just have to share.

Call of the wild: listen up, people, time is running out

For decades, humans have been ignoring Mother Nature’s warnings about the future of the planet. Exactly how loudly does she have to scream?

By David Leser MAY 29, 2020

Daughter: “Mummy, what’s that smell?”
Mother: “It’s nature, darling.”
Daughter: “It’s like all the birds are wearing perfume.”

You notice these things when you’re young, or still capable of retaining a childlike sense of wonder, or you find yourself, as I do one day, in an enchanted forest while great stretches of the country are burning.

You notice nature’s perfume and all its physical, fairy-tale qualities. You see giant mountain ash soaring 70 metres up into the light, along with blackwoods, candlebarks, stringybarks and every kind of tree fern growing at right angles out of the wire grass and undergrowth. You smell a wet forest of needles and frass, of nutrient-rich soil, rotting wood and creeping moss, and as you smell and see all this, you feel – or, at least, I do – that you’re sensing it for the first time, perhaps even the last.

I happened to be in the Yarra State Forest in central Victoria when I heard that daughter’s question to her mother, although it sounded to me more like a supplication. Mummy, what’s that smell?

The electrical impulses that pass through the roots of trees, for example, move at the slow rate of one third of an inch per second. But why, you might ask, do trees pass electrical impulses through their tissues at all? The answer is that trees need to communicate, and electrical impulses are just one of their many means of communication.

Flannery also argued that trees used their sense of smell and taste for communication. If a giraffe starts nibbling, say, an African acacia, the tree will release a chemical into the air that signals an imminent threat. As the chemical wafts through the air and reaches other trees, these trees “smell” it and are warned of the danger. Even before the giraffe reaches them, the trees have begun manufacturing toxic chemicals as a defence.

But the most astonishing thing about trees,” Flannery wrote, “is how social they are. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive.”

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/call-of-the-wild-listen-up-people-time-is-running-out-20200424-p54mzq.html

I’d love to get a Tim Flannery Climate Council tree root electric impulse translator so I can ask my citrus trees when they plan to produce more fruit, but sadly they don’t seem to stock them on Ebay.

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119 thoughts on ““Mummy, What’s that Smell?”: SMH Climate Activist Explains Tim Flannery’s Electrical Impulse Tree Communication Theory

  1. A Tim Flannery Climate Council tree root electric impulse translator
    I want one
    We all want one now
    How dare you say no?

    • Again, I will defer to Clive James and his amazing takedown of Flannery in his 2017 piece “Reef Death Dies Hard”.

      Still one of the funniest things I have ever read.

      I think Clive is right, ridicule and getting everyone laughing at these clowns in the best way to take them down

    • Clive James has the ultimate take down of Flannery in “reef death dies hard”
      Need to ridicule these people mercilessly

    • Don’t be silly!? You can’t get an accurate translation from a device. You need an old die-hard tree hugger to get the real translation. And make sure they don’t molest said tree in the process, tree’s don’t take kindly to that at all. Perhaps Biden can give them tips on just how to sniff out the truth?

  2. Tim Flannery was qualified to study the tree Kangeroos of Papua New Guinea.

    PM Julia Gillard considered that to be enopugh to appoint him and others to be Climate Commossers.

    Ever since then he considers himself to be a expert on the climate.

    VK5ELL MJE

    • Daughter: “Mummy, what’s that smell?”
      Mother: “It’s nature, darling.”
      Daughter: “Oh, you mean like horseshit? ”
      Mother: “Yes, dear, there’s probably a climate scientist around here somewhere.”

      • There is less horse and more BULL in the climate scientists of the world …. especially the one with the initials MM and I don’t mean Mickey Mouse all though Mickey’s qualifications are likely better than the famous MM.

    • Michael, I see you’ve held on to your childlike sense of spelling and grammar. 😉

    • But Michael, he cares!

      He is a mammologist. That is correct. Other fields he has ventured into include droughts and desalination.

      The story about the acacias is quite correct, and was discovered during a systematic study that looked into the cause of starvation of a herd of kudu in South Africa. They had plenty of food and a low stocking rate, but were starving anyway. It was an observant game warden who noted they always eat briefly in small family groups from one tree, then move upwind. It had always been assumed this was for protection from predators but was in fact because they are very sensitive to tannin. Shortly after an acacia is nibbled, it pumps tannin into its leaves. This changes the taste and they move on. If they move downwind, they find those trees already “turned on” by chemical signals through the air, and it is unpalatable.

      Essential to this discovery was reliance was placed on observations, data and verification of models. In the end, the risk was identified, and a solution implemented. Can the same be said about “climate change” and “global warming”? I think not.

      CAGW places key engineering decisions in the hands of mammologists and other wishful thinkers. When I hear from a mammologist that electrical signals are moving through tree roots at 1/3 of an inch per second, I will consult an electrical engineer and plant physiologist before accepting the claim. It sounds no more real than Australia’s erroneous fore-telling of a “perpetual drought”.

      • secret life of plants people
        may I suggest you have a read?
        its old info and flannerys actually right on the above
        plants do have more comms than people credit
        on Climate/warming?
        hes useless.

  3. “In the words of David Attenborough: “We depend upon the natural world for every mouthful of food we eat and every lungful of air we breathe.”

    Yes sir Mr Attenborough, indeed the “natural world” is an amazing thing, and what may be even more amazing to nature lovers like you is that we are part of that “natural world” and a creation of the “natural world” by the natural process of nature called evolution. We are not from outer space but just as much a part of nature as the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees andall those creatures that nature lovers love.

    The real crime against nature is the obscene egotistical holiness of humans that requires them to remove human beings from nature in order to love nature.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/01/13/human-pollution-the-planet-is-doomed/

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/03/30/the-humans-must-save-the-planet/

    • AND we rely on CO2 for every mouthful of food that we eat. Everything we eat was CO2 a few days, or maybe weeks, ago.

    • Not to put too fine a point on it but Attenborough and the other climate alarmists are to honest, objective, rational science and the scientific method what paedophile priest’s are to the teachings of Jesus Christ, imo.

      • It’s so easy to throw the alliterative phrase “pedophile priests” into the mix isn’t it? Let’s be clear. The priests were technically ephebophiles (attacted to adolescents) and not at all interested in children. And 80% plus were homosexual predators. Doesn’t sound so nice now does it?

        Oh, and since the communist virus the extent of child-porn has dramatically increased so there’s that. Sadly, most child abuse happens in the family but “pedophile priests” sounds so much better.

        It’s like throwing Galileo into an argument about science – inevitably wrong on the facts but everyone knows what you mean right? Religion and Science are at war!

        I trust you will rethink your analogies in future.

        • “… everyone knows what you mean right? Religion and Science are at war!”

          Really? I took the remark at face value: Attenborough, et al. are as much Scientists as Paedophile Priests are Christians. Neither follow the doctrines they proclaim.

          But since you have divined a deeper meaning …
          – Celibacy is unnatural and often harmful;
          – Priests have abused children under the age of 11 and been tried and gaoled;
          – The increase in ALL Porn is due to the technological developments in, and the consequent low cost of, the means of production and distribution;
          – Debauchery has been practiced in all previous societies, no matter what form of government and religion.

  4. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive.”

    Care for each other,is this guy on drugs! Young trees fight each other for light they will exclude and kill any weak saplings as a forest grows,there not communicating there drawn to the light if light is blocked by its neibour at the same hight level the tree will grow up rather than spread out which single trees do, man has exploited this for centuries growing tall straight trees for lumber,if these trees were communicating they would not entangle there roots to such a extent that when one blows over the other follows, trees are however symbiotic with fungi in the soil they mutually draw nutrients from each other. All living life forms have electrical pulses it’s not about communication with a fellow tree it’s about the trees cells ,water absorbing, nutrients, a on/ off switch to help the tree survive, the tree is not discussing the weather with Mr oak, its capable of making it’s own decisions, this guy is playing on peoples emotions, there naivety and in effect trying to give trees a soul a mother emotionally pushed agenda.

    • In the new Cosmos show, Neil deGrasse Tyson devoted a large part of one show on this idea. He stated verbatim the three paragraphs in this article.

    • And some plants, like creosote and Amur honeysuckle, poison the area around themselves to reduce competition for water and minerals. They only tolerate their own kind. How specieist!

  5. Eric, you can’t ask your citrus trees when they plan to produce fruit because you are NOT A TRUE BELIEVER! I, on the other hand, am, and I have an arrangement with certain mushrooms wherein I eat one and can see a long ways into the future. Trust me on this. Data? Don’t need no stinkin’ data. Stay sane (sorry for David Leser-it’s too late for him) and safe.

        • Around Canberra huh? Sounds like nature DOES know something we don’t.

          Guess we know know what that massive security upgrade at Parliament House was really built for.

          And O/T but speaking of Canberra, has anyone really taken in the implications of what the National Cabinet really mean for Australia and how we are governed? Not only have the opposition been cut out of federal discussions, but also – provided the States are willing to exercise the rights – so has the Senate.

          Under the Australian constitution the senators belong to the state, and the STATE is legally allowed to direct their senators how to vote as a block and, also legally allowed to replace them with their own choice should they misbehave.

          Situation goes like this. National Cabinet meets, agrees on a new legislation that does ‘whatever’. The Government passes the legislation in the House of Reps using their numbers and it goes to the Senate. The States then declare that they want this legislation passed and that their senators will vote on State lines and not party or independent lines because the issue has already been discussed and agreed on at the National Cabinet and if any individual senator digs their heals in and disagrees then the State has the legal right to recall and replace them because that is how the Australian constitution actually works and has done so since Federation.

          Apparently. It was how it was explained to me by a SME, but could mean that the ‘Unrepresentative Swill’ may finally have their toys taken away from them.

          Also Death Cap mushrooms surrounding Parliament House. LOL!

  6. Next topic from the same author: Vimanika Shastra, harnessing the infinite bio energy of quicksilver vortices.

    More popcorn please !

  7. Its almost as though he was trying to see just how far he can push his self-mockery !

    Bizarre, to say the least.

  8. I’ve just updated a study that severely questions the common official assertion in Australia that heat waves are becoming longer, hotter and more frequent. It is based on the 6 State capital cities where most Aussies live. Heaps of raw data for the investigative soul, lots of work went into it, but it is very simple and readable.
    Geoff S
    http://www.geoffstuff.com/heat_wave_six_caps_update_May_2020.docx

      • Was,
        Yep, dozens of graphs in the Supplementary Information linked at the end. Geoff S

        • Geoff
          Thanks for the effort.
          It is unbelievable how many different concepts the alarmists come up with.
          Heat waves, excess heat, more days over 35decC.
          I can’t keep up.
          But I think that’s their intent.
          Can they stick with one concept/hypothesis, then provide the same quantitative analysis for each location?

    • An extension to the more heatwaves, are the more droughts and the more floods.

      I live in Melbourne, and I am yet to see any quantitative proof of a link between more co2 and more drought and floods.

      • You will not see a “quantitative proof” because there is none and cannot be one. No gas at any concentration in the atmosphere can warm the climate. CO2 and water vapor are saturated with IR during the day, absorbing and emitting, and thus have no effect, amounting to a wash. Warming of the air is by surface conduction and convection.

        The climate models to not do night-time. At night these gases serve to convert heat energy to IR which is then lost to space, thus cooling the atmosphere. This might cause more condensation during night-time, but there is no compensatory increased evaporation due to warming during the day.

  9. Such a beauty, as described in the image of the”Enchanted forest” Nature’s wonder is truly beautiful. Shame it is under threat in places, by the pseudo Greenies, ripping those trees from their roots, failing to protect them from fires, encouraging their destruction on a massive scale to further their green agenda,.
    Industrial wind turbines and solar farms, not Carbon DiOxide, Palm Oil demands, Not CO2, are the real threat to Mother Nature. How loud does she have to scream? It doesn’t matter. The real villains have their fingers in their ears, while, at the same time, they point their fingers at others (as only they could ) to distract and pass the blame.

    • “The real villains have their fingers in their ears”

      Except when they’re checking their bank accounts online.

  10. “I’d love to get a Tim Flannery Climate Council tree root electric impulse translator so I can ask my citrus trees when they plan to produce more fruit…”

    Why not just ask His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland? He talks to trees.

    He is heir apparent to the Throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so must have some useful connections. Unfortunately, I believe that he is also related to George III, and has perhaps inherited some of his distinguished forbear’s madness….

    • “and has perhaps inherited”

      No “perhaps” about it !!!!

      His dad is a raving nutter, and Charlie has further developed that to an art-form.

    • Chuckie descends from George III on both his mom and dad’s sides, via Vickie’s first son and second daughter, respectively. But I don’t think the Chuckster’s main malfunction is porphyria.

      • IMO the PoW would be well advised to pick a regal name other than Charles. The two previous of that name were traitors, as was their son and brother James I. Edward is also a dubious choice, as his abdicated great-uncle was another traitor.

        Maybe George, to honor his grandfather and great-grandfather.

      • Isn’t it time to make it the United Republic? Let the monarchy go out on a high note.

        • Actually, we went wrong when we discontinued the Stuart line.

          Our proper king ought to be His Royal Highness Franz, the Duke of Bavaria, of Franconia and in Swabia, Count Palatine of the Rhine. And rightful King of All England…

          • That would have required replacing one Catholic Stuart with another. After the Glorious Revolution, that wasn’t gonna happen.

        • IMO the best course would be to lose the “Windsors” but keep a version of constitutional monarchy, if only for its ceremonial and tourist value.

          Lords could choose an in effect president for life to succeed the dead monarch. If an hereditary element be required, then stipulate descent from Alfred the Great or a more recent undisputed king like Edward III. There would still be lots of qualified and deserving candidates of great achievement and ability.

          Kings of Wessex were chosen in similar fashion, rather than strict primogeniture.

    • Yes, Charlie talks to them. But does he listen? Or do the voices in his head drown them out? You were given two ears but only one mouth for a reason.

      • The good Lord knew the problem so Chuck was given the equivalent of four ears, but still he prefers to run his mouth.

      • One of the great ironies of our time is that the first in line to the throne has to hang out with neomonarchists.

        God save the Queen

  11. Flannery wrote in one of his books that microorganisms and other natural processes in the sea work to take out harmful toxic metals and sequester them in rocks, which miners then extract out to release into the air and sea again, undoing nature’s good work. (All whilst typing on one of these toxic metal laden laptops. And of course it didn’t occur to him that nature spews out these metals out of volcanos etc all the time as well). Properly managed, metal mines do no harm and bring a lot of good, even to Flannery.

    As usual for Flannery nature good, humans and miners bad. That’s when I stopped reading Flannery.

  12. Older Australians may understand.
    When I was a teen, I used to regularly see an old guy named Jim Cairns selling his books at the CAmberwell market.
    Tim Flannery reminds me of him.

  13. Flannery also argued that trees used their sense of smell and taste for communication. If a giraffe starts nibbling, say, an African acacia, the tree will release a chemical into the air that signals an imminent threat. As the chemical wafts through the air and reaches other trees, these trees “smell” it and are warned of the danger. Even before the giraffe reaches them, the trees have begun manufacturing toxic chemicals as a defence.

    “But the most astonishing thing about trees,” Flannery wrote, “is how social they are. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive.”

    This person is an utter loony.

    • “Even before the giraffe reaches them, the trees have begun manufacturing toxic chemicals as a defence.”

      Hmm, is there any evidence of giraffes running away from uneaten trees because of the smell? Smell of the trees, that is, and not of a predator.

      • Chemical signaling between trees has been known for at least decades. I don’t remember when or where (Science Digest?) I first read about it, but it was a very long time ago.

        • Isn’t that more for pollination purposes, in those cases where the trees or shrubs have distinct sexes (e.g. Hollies)

    • Given this paper, I think he wrote the script!

      His next one will be how tree farts are the propellant to accelerate the flat Earth upwards at the speed of gravity.

  14. Treebeard rumbled for a moment, as if he were pronouncing some deep, subterranean Entish malediction. ‘Some time ago I began to wonder how Orcs dared to pass through my woods so freely,’ he went on. ‘Only lately did I guess that Saruman was to blame, and that long ago he had been spying out all the ways, and discovering my secrets. He and his foul folk are making havoc now. Down on the borders they are felling trees-good trees. Some of the trees they just cut down and leave to rot – orc-mischief that; but most are hewn up and carried off to feed the fires of Orthanc. There is always a smoke rising from Isengard these days.

    ‘Curse him, root and branch! Many of those trees were my friends creatures I had known from nut and acorn; many had voices of their own that are lost for ever now. And there are wastes of stump and bramble where once there were singing groves. I have been idle. I have let things slip. It must stop!’

    • And Peter Jackson, in his infinite wisdom, changed that so Treebeard had to be convinced to take action by Merry and Pippin.

      • That was a neat little twist, the tree folk needed a push to actually go to war, and it gave the hobbits something useful to do.

        • I saw it as unnecessary. It made the Ents seem oblivious as to what was happening all around them. “It’s not our war”, Treebeard said in the movie. Apart from him using a contraction (very un-Entish), How can he say it’s not their war when their friends the trees are the major casualty?

  15. Even before the giraffe reaches them, the trees have begun manufacturing toxic chemicals as a defence.

    Please, please, please, Sir Mr Flim Flam. Can you explain how giraffes have survived if all of the trees are toxic to them?

    Are giraffes so fast that they can outrun the wafting chemical signals between trees?

    Perhaps giraffes eat downwind of other trees they are soon to ‘attack’ so that the chemical signals do not reach them before the giraffes do?

    So many questions. So little research money.

    • Much of this is the random imposition of made up reasons. But a lot of the observations are true.

      Tree roots can join and live as joint organisms, just as branches from 2 trees may graft together from random interaction. Fugal networks can share/join root systems, even whole forests.

      Electrical impulses – quite possibly, but probably a result of some other biological function like water transfer between cells?

      Response to damage – yes certainly, e.g. caterpillars nibbling leaves can produce a toxin and/or ant/wasp attractant in the hope that they will then attack the pest – unsurprisingly a tree has trouble telling what exactly has nibbled a leaf and just produces the same evolved response!

      And of course many things in nature give of chemicals/particles that can cause cancer or are measured as air pollution like bracken spores and VOCs

      • Can you expand on this and tell us how giraffes have survived, despite the ‘true’ observations.

        • Some plants produce toxins all the time, some in response to attack . Plants that produce toxins often also produce unpleasant tastes or smells as a deterrent. Sometime the poisons will cause the animal to feel unwell long before being fatal, and the animal learns to avoid that plant. Similarly instinct to avoid some plants is passed in genetics (or collective consciousness/learning if you want to believe that type of thing). Euphorbia trees will actually kill a Giraffe – fortunately if forced to resort to eating them, they only eat small amounts at a time to avoid a fatal dose. Seems Giraffes are smarter than you.

  16. Yeah, I can smell it to. No its not horse shit, chicken shit. dog or cat shit it must be bull shit.

  17. Are Tim Flannery and Tom Foolery closely related to or are just first cousins to the Buffoonery family?

      • That maybe true however, he became very wealthy with taxpayer money and has a nice, river side, property just a metre above high tide. So, not that much of a loon.

        • Yes, you are correct. It is the ordinary Australians who fall for his nonsense who are the true loons, and the number of them that is the true embarrassment.

  18. I wonder if the toxic chemicals the trees emit to discourage giraffes from eating them are the same chemicals emitted to discourage humans from cutting them down with chain saws. Does it matter to the trees if they know they’re being sent to a biomass furnace to be vaporized back to good old CO2? So many questions. Send research $$.

  19. If Tim Flannery is not a certified scientist he definitely should be certified. If I was running Victoria or in fact just about any other state in Australia I’d be asking Tim Flannery for my money back for the desalination plant. Even after more than 10 years it’s in mint condition, never been used , still in its original wrapper.

    • Never been used, yes.

      Mint condition, not so much.

      It was rusting before it was even finished and rats keep chewing into the cabling.

      It takes a lot of money to keep it maintained, even while it’s producing no water.

  20. Don’t be too quick to mock things you don’t understand. While it is not without controversy, there is real science behind what Mr. Flannery says. A book by Peter Wohllhaben, forward by Tim Flannery, The Hidden Life of Trees, reveals a great deal about trees and plants that we humans have failed to notice in our modern “science”. Biologists have begun to try to validate some of those claims, and finding success. Monica Gagliano has been doing some very interesting research in this field. Again, not without controversy, but the science is clearly not settled.
    If you could spend a few moments reading the original statements of Flannery without ridicule, consider for a moment that it could be accurate, you might find a new sense of wonder about the natural world.
    Yes, trees compete with each other, and they also cooperate with others. The fact that they exercise some choice in the matter is the astonishing part.

    • Time to burn my copy of Darwin’s ” The Origin of Species” and apply for a research grant to study the effect of my yelling ” Beaver! Beaver!”very loudly near the immature poplars that grow around the lake. I used to believe that beavers smell bad enough to warn anything of their approach, but now I suspect that trees know better.

  21. Electricity from trees anyone? Who knew. I’m connecting up my light sockets to the pines outside. Wait, what happens when there is a lightning storm? I demand a recount! Always a colossal snag to anything involving green energy.

  22. After years of serious studies I can now assert with authority that giraffes have long necks so they can reach the top of the tree leaves before the bottom leaves tell them they will be chewed to death.

  23. “Mummy, what’s that smell?”
    “Darling, in life, there are Great Truths, Regular Truths, and Mini-Truths. It is good to know at least the Great Truths first, such as: You live, and then you die. Make the best use you can of your time, because you don’t know how long you’ve got. That’s one, and another is “She who smelt it, dealt it.”
    That is all for today.

  24. I’d love to get a Tim Flannery Climate Council tree root electric impulse translator so I can ask my citrus trees when they plan to produce more fruit, but sadly they don’t seem to stock them on Ebay.

    You don’t need one old chap,
    You can communicate directly with them by peeing on them.
    Results will be obvious.

  25. Flannery is a ‘ratbag’ but I’m not laughing.
    He’s made a very good living over the past few decades at the expense of Australian taxpayers and is partly responsible for consumers paying at least double the price for electricity than would be the case if a free market applied with a consequential fall in relative living standards.

  26. I have read a copy of Tim Flannery’ Weather Makers …

    Because I was interested in the story that was being told to the Left.

    I would not recommend one page of it.

    https://www.amazon.com/Weather-Makers-Changing-Climate-Means/dp/0802142923

    Flannery is an opportunist and clueless about climate.

    I would suspect that he is just repeating stuff (tree to tree communication) that others have discovered and because is it is cool.

    It is interesting that fungi consume 30 percent of the sugar that trees photosynthesize.

    It appears there is tree species to species communal support and communication.
    As a kind of fee for services, the fungi consume about 30 percent of the sugar that trees photosynthesize from sunlight. The sugar is what fuels the fungi, as they scavenge the soil for nitrogen, phosphorus and other mineral nutrients, which are then absorbed and consumed by the trees.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/

    Do Trees Talk to Each Other?
    A controversial German forester says yes, and his ideas are shaking up the scientific world

    It shows instead that trees of the same species are communal, and will often form alliances with trees of other species. Forest trees have evolved to live in cooperative, interdependent relationships, maintained by communication and a collective intelligence similar to an insect colony. These soaring columns of living wood draw the eye upward to their outspreading crowns, but the real action is taking place underground, just a few inches below our feet.
    “Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web,’” says Wohlleben in German-accented English. “All the trees here, and in every forest that is not too damaged, are connected to each other through underground fungal networks. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.”
    Scientists call these mycorrhizal networks. The fine, hairlike root tips of trees join together with microscopic fungal filaments to form the basic links of the network, which appears to operate as a symbiotic relationship between trees and fungi, or perhaps an economic exchange.

    As a kind of fee for services, the fungi consume about 30 percent of the sugar that trees photosynthesize from sunlight. The sugar is what fuels the fungi, as they scavenge the soil for nitrogen, phosphorus and other mineral nutrients, which are then absorbed and consumed by the trees.

    • As a none controversial forester in the UK I see today young trees stressed because of a lack of water, I see one tree within a meter of another tree that’s not stressed, are you tellIng me the tree that is not stressed is able to help the tree that is stressed? I dont see it no physical help the stressed tree is still wilting, perhaps this tree communication is in the form of sympathy for thier fellow trees, “cheer up mate it will have to rain soon.

      Stressed applied to humans is a emotional response manifesting in many ways and can attract help and sympathy from fellow humans, stressed can also be applied to a piece of metal , or a timber beam a physical flaw from the foundary ,a two hundred year old oak ships rib ,when ripped jumps out of the saw blade,now that’s stress to behold!

      Using the word stressed in context of Flannery’s article is emotive and designed to stir up emotions ,

      We can use the same word catastrophic in global warming , or the phrase “we only have seven years left before AGW is irreversible “all emotive to cause a over reaction of emotions. That’s exactly what Flannery is doing ,hes pushing a agenda just like global warmests.

      • In my experience, all tree stumps eventually rot away in the US, left to die by their indifferent neighbors. In fact, I suspect that the craven misers actually relish the windfall of additional sun. (I have even seen trees with Trump signs attached, need I say more?)

        As with your experience in the UK, this is undoubtedly due to the Anglo-Saxon influence which has eliminated all social solidarity. I’m sure that trees in Germany, not to mention France, must be far more likely to uphold their social contract, to help the down-fallen! There’s no reason to doubt the good doctor’s work, just because it can’t be replicated in backward societies.

  27. So when a vegerarian goes bush all the plants cower in terror, a murdering cannibal is in their vicinity.

  28. Question to Tim;

    If a tree produces chemicals in a forest, and one million plus Western Australians are around to smell it, is Perth still a Ghost Metropolis?

  29. All of this business of trees “communicating” is just a matter of semantics. When my hibiscus are in need of some water, the leaves begin to droop. I give them water and an hour later they are all spruced up. Did they tell me they were in need of water? No, I noticed what lack of water does to their leaves and act accordingly. If I did not notice, they would suffer and eventually die. There is no communication here, none. Just more of Flannery making things up.

  30. “But the most astonishing thing about trees,” Flannery wrote, “is how social they are. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive.”

    What a load of nonsense. Two trees of the same species compete for everything. When roots grow in close proximity, they eventually graft together due to the pressure from the expansion of growth. That’s how the stump stays alive. It’s got nothing to do with ”caring”.

  31. Suggest instead you read ‘The Weathermakers Re-examined” by Dr D Weston Allen

    Published by Irenic Publications.

    It takes apart all the wrong arguments and bad data in “The Weathermakers” and shows them up. A good read for scientific people, and the general reader.

  32. “Fairy-tale qualities” is right. This f*ckwit lives in a fairy tale. A living, breathing cautionary tale about what can happen if you ignore the reality of nature and let ideology inform everything about your worldview. Less time in front of his computer and more time observing nature might be salutary, although given his ossified brain, maybe not.

    Stupid, stupid hippie!

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