Living In Harmony / 231 Views

Plants Thrive In A Complex World By Communicating, Sharing Resources And Transforming Their Environments

As a species, humans are wired to collaborate. That’s why lockdowns and remote work have felt difficult for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For other living organisms, social distancing comes more naturally. I am a plant scientist and have spent years studying how light cues affect plants, from the very beginning of a plant’s life cycle – the germination of seeds – all the way through to leaf drop or death. In my new book, “Lessons from Plants,” I explore what we can learn from the environmental tuning of plant behaviors.

One key takeaway is that plants have the ability to develop interdependence, but also to avoid it when being connected could be damaging. Generally, plants are constantly communicating and engaged with other organisms in their ecosystems. But when these ongoing connections threaten to cause more harm than good, plants can exhibit a form of social distancing.

Continue Reading

Related Videos

MOST POPULAR

giraffe with its head in an open window
Daily Inspiration: October 2, 2021
Once we set our intention to be a loving person and live a loving life, we may be…
image: Young girl looking sad with a question mark In the background
Daily Inspiration: October 4, 2021
One way we can use to answer our questions is to check with our body: what is my body…
A woman with a bow and arrow
Daily Inspiration: October 5, 2021
The meaning of living in the moment is basically this: we do what comes to our awareness…
Two divergent paths
Daily Inspiration: October 6, 2021
Sometimes we go on automatic pilot. We do things and make choices without really being…
a lightbulb surrounded by heart symbols
Daily Inspiration: October 8, 2021
The greatest guide we have is our heart. It can help get us out of whatever messes we…
A chair partially in the water on a sandy beach
Daily Inspiration: October 3, 2021
When you find yourself struggling in some form or an other, take a few minutes and ask…
Man sitting in nature at the break of day
Daily Inspiration: October 7, 2021
We have so many things to be grateful for. Yet, perhaps the one thing that is the…
open handcuffs on an outstretched arm
Daily Inspiration: October 9, 2021
One of the things that stops us from following our guidance,or living our dream, is fear.…
Flower growing through a chain-link fence
Daily Inspiration: October 10, 2021
Of all the questions, this one is the most important: What's the most loving choice?
colorful palette with several paintbrushes
Daily Inspiration: October 11, 2021
"You can either paint a dark picture of life -- or choose a brighter, happier palette..."
young girl sitting in a chair in the dark
Daily Inspiration: October 12, 2021
We learn to live life in balance, accepting that there are ups and downs, moments of…
image
Daily Inspiration: October 14, 2021
Even on the darkest day when the clouds seem to be everywhere, the sun is always present,…
girl in a hammock hanging over the skyline of big city skyscrapers
Daily Inspiration: October 15, 2021
Creating space and time for stillness in our life allows our soul to connect to the…

follow InnerSelf on

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconinstagram iconpintrest iconrss icon

 Get The Latest By Email

Weekly Magazine Daily Inspiration

New Attitudes - New Possibilities

InnerSelf.comClimateImpactNews.com | InnerPower.net
MightyNatural.com | WholisticPolitics.com | InnerSelf Market
Copyright ©1985 - 2021 InnerSelf Publications. All Rights Reserved.