From each according to their ability to each according to their need
@tsturm the trees bro
@scottishwobbly trees are the real solarpunks
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Students at the Institute for Environmental Research at
RWTH Aachen discovered something amazing about photo-
synthesis in undisturbed beech forests. Apparently, the trees
synchronize their performance so that they are all equally
successful. And that is not what one would expect. Each
beech tree grows in a unique location, and conditions can
vary greatly in just a few yards. The soil can be stony or loose.
It can retain a great deal of water or almost no water. It can be
full of nutrients or extremely barren. Accordingly, each tree
experiences different growing conditions; therefore, each tree
grows more quickly or more slowly and produces more or less
sugar or wood, and thus you would expect every tree to be
photosynthesizing at a different rate.
And that’s what makes the research results so astounding.
The rate of photosynthesis is the same for all the trees. The
trees, it seems, are equalizing differences between the strong
and the weak. Whether they are thick or thin, all mem-
bers of the same species are using light to produce the same
@scottishwobbly Puts the Parable of the Sower in a whole new light, doesn't it?
@scottishwobbly Oh, heck yeah!
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