Trees Talk To Each Other. ‘Mother Tree’ Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too

Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Her own medical journey inspired her recent research into, among other things, the way yew trees communicate chemically with neighboring trees for their mutual defense.

Ecologist Suzanne Simard says trees are “social creatures” that communicate with each other in remarkable ways — including warning each other of danger and sharing nutrients at critical times.

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