Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
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I was reading about spruce trees and the relationship with their "pests," budworms, and it's just so fascinating. The trees are able to produce their own repellent, some repel male insects, some repel female insects, some repel both. Every year they change up what they're repelling. Better yet, the trees know that if they all use the repellent, the bugs would quickly develop resistance to their chemicals (the problem with our modern pesticides), so there are always trees in the forest that simply do not produce any repellents (even though they are perfectly capable), to allow those bugs to grow without developing resistance. The whole forest is in communication by using a fungal network, a mycelium, so the plants all know what is going on around them and can organize themselves really well (it's like the Internet for plants).
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