Can Trees Feel Pain?

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Have you ever wondered can trees feel anything and if so, how?

tree surrounded by water
tree surrounded by water (click here for original source image)

When you think of photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy, you probably think of green leaves and stems bending down to take the sunlight. This is the process that plants use to turn light into oxygen.

Oxygen is vital to living, whether in the water or on land. Without oxygen, a plant’s survival is at risk. Plants get this oxygen from the sun through their photosynthesis process. Photosynthesis is also what causes the Earth to rotate, but plants also release oxygen from the air through respiration. In fact, all living things need oxygen.

Some plants release more than others, though, and some, such as the peepal tree, secrete more than others.

The peepal tree, though, is unique because it is an animal. To scientists, this is an interesting study because animals can secrete more than enough oxygen into the air to survive for a while. But why do they secrete so much? They do this to confuse predators, researchers think. The more the plants can fool animals, the better its chance of survival.

To test can trees feel pain, scientists took black and white photographs of the trees. They then put the photos in a chamber and hooked a pulse device up to it. When the pulse shot came, the trees reportedly showed the same reaction. That experiment has since been repeated with human subjects. The result: The humans reported seeing the groves of the trees.

To figure out why the groves of the trees were responding to the pulse device, the scientists put more than one group of trees in the same orchard, threw in a predator, and waited for the results. When they compared the pictures taken before and after, they noticed a remarkable difference. In the groves, the trees did not display any behavior at all. But when the turbines fired at the same spot in the orchard over, the trees changed, showing increased activity and movement.

This phenomenon may have some bearing on how nut trees and other trees with long branches interact with each other. It might also help explain why people in the southern United States, where large cities are located, eat so many nut trees. Large cities make it easy to notice the differences in movement among the different types of trees. As the tree grows up and moves through the city’s narrow streets and alleys, it picks up on the patterns of the cars driving by and changes the length of its branches accordingly.

When a giant in the grove swings by, it trips the tree and breaks its branch.

Not only do nut trees differ in behavior, they also grow in different types of places. Nut trees typically grow in wet habitats, but some, like the California poppies, prefer dry environments. Spotted up against a brick wall, the flowers of a California poppy will fill the room but if placed against a fence will pass away. Similarly, fruit trees do not do well in dry climates but thrive when growing in wetter conditions.

The study does raise some questions about the use of plants in struggling areas. Where awareness could be increased on the effects of air pollution in the environment and perhaps find ways to recycle before planting trees. Researchers agree that understanding more about how plants use natural bio-cogens (the compounds that create plant growth) could be an important step toward protecting human health in such a way.

If we can learn how plants are affected by the amount of oxygen needed to survive, we may be able to use plants to create healthier spaces and reduce the amount of stress experienced by our living environment.

An Introduction To Tree Biology

tree in a lake
tree in a lake (click here for original source image)

Tree Biology is the study of living things, such as trees. It is one of the most interesting branches of zoology because of the many varieties of trees and their many uses throughout nature. A tree can provide shade, habitat, and food, just to name a few of its many roles. The study of these amazing trees has given society an endless source of knowledge on how to survive and thrive in our modern world.

Tree Biology is a fascinating branch of science that has given scientists a greater understanding and appreciation for all types of trees. It has been around since the start of the first tree. The study of their various forms and structure has given us insight into the physiology and anatomy of trees. The study of these living wonders has helped mankind to develop medicines, pesticides, and other means of keeping our forests sustainable. A tree may only be useful if it has not been lost to a storm or too much time has passed for it to be useful to humans.

One of the most recent trees to receive the attention of the scientific community is the Acacia bonsai. This tree was only recently planted on a home site in Japan but has already become famous due to its striking leaf shape and intricate bark patterns. The Acacia bonsai is the latest addition to the growing number of exotic trees being introduced into the western world. It is only relatively recently that this exotic shrub was made into a bonsai and not a tree.

Another recent discovery is the Sumac tree. This beautiful, compact tree was one of the first trees in the rain forest of central South America to become extinct. A recent study of its DNA has revealed that it once had a population of around 200 individuals. However, this number dwindled to just a few individuals after years of steady decline due to encroachment from invasive species. The remaining trees are extremely vulnerable to disease and pests.

Another recent discovery is the new species Orchids. These beautiful, delicate plants have only been studied very recently as only a few specimens remain. This study has resulted in the identification of over 500 Orchid species from a number of locations around the globe.

Some tropical trees are becoming endangered because of a certain type of tree called the “paper berry”. This is a rapidly spreading tree that produces small white paper-like blossoms. It is fast growing and can reach a height of 6.5m. Unfortunately, many of these trees are threatened with death because of encroachment by the palm tree and other large trees. This study has also found that there are only a few species left which are at risk of extinction.

In the past, researchers have only been able to observe tree behavior under laboratory conditions. But with the advent of high speed internet, the ability to view tree behavior in real time has become available. Tree biologists are able to observe tree anatomy and growth rates in the field as well as in the lab under controlled conditions. The study of tree behavior has grown immensely with the availability of high speed internet and digital photography.

A major part of a successful tree biology study is the ability to collect samples. Samples are needed for complete growth studies that focus on identifying relationships between the tree and the environment or organisms that exist within it. The information gathered from the sample can help determine the composition of a tree, its health, how to manipulate it and the effects of environmental stresses on it. When the data collected from a tree biology study is complete, the result can answer questions about the world around us and even about the origins of our own tree species.

Provided by Antonio Westley


Disclaimer: This article is meant to be seen as an overview of this subject and not a reflection of viewpoints or opinions as nothing is definitive. So, make sure to do your research and feel free to use this information at your own discretion.



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