The Secret Life of Trees


The ability to store information in the memory and know how to use it to one’s advantage is not unique to humans and animals, but also to plants.

In fact, many plants are able to learn and store information memory.

Trees with memory

This is demonstrated for the first time by an experiment carried out at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology of the University of Florence and described in an article published in the latest issue of the scientific journal „Oecology“ („Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in environments where it matters „). Stefano Mancuso, responsible for the LINV, together with the researchers of the University of Western Australia, Monica Gagliano, Michael Renton and Martial Depczynski, subjected to stimuli of various nature some plants of ‚Mimosa pudica‘, a shrub that closes its leaves as soon as it is disturbed , demonstrating the ability to distinguish between different stimuli and to store information for long periods of time. „The ‚Mimosa pudica‘ is a small plant of tropical origin, now quite common even at our latitudes, which has long been studied for its reaction to disturbing stimuli says Stefano Mancuso, associate of Arboricolturagenerale and tree crops of the Department of In-depth analysis of agri-food production and environmental sciences of the University of Florence – His immediate and visible reaction allowed us to study the responses to various types of stress, both dangerous, such as contact with an insect, and harmless. We have trained the plants to ignore a non-dangerous stimulus, the fall of the vessel in which they are grown from a height of 15 centimeters, repeating the experience – explains the researcher – After some repetitions the mimosa plants have no longer closed the leaves , saving energy among other things – adds the researcher – By raising the plants in two separate groups, with different light availability, it was possible to demonstrate that those grown at lower light levels, and therefore with less energy, learn more in a hurry of those that have more – explains Mancuso – As if they didn’t want to waste resources. The plants – specifies the researcher – have kept memory of the experiences for over 40 days ”.



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  2. First, thanks for following my blog. More importantly, I love yours, your topics, and share your affinity for trees and respect for our planet. Looking forward to your future blogs!

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  3. L’intelligence des arbres est une Merveille, un poème, une allégorie de la Vie Terrestre. Les pins Douglas, par exemple ont une vie souterraine très organisée. Lorsque l’un d’entre eux meurt, toute sa partie souterraine se voit protégée par la formation d’un capuchon sur l’endroit de sa partie aérienne afin de conserver intactes les réserves de nutriments que les arbres voisins, de par leurs enlacements de racines pourront utiliser en cas de besoin….:

    The intelligence of the trees is a Wonder, a poem, an allegory of Terrestrial Life. Douglas pines, for example, have a very organized underground life. When one of them dies, all its underground part is protected by the formation of a hood on the place of its aerial part in order to preserve intact the reserves of nutriments that the neighboring trees, by their interlacing of roots will be able to use when needed ….:


  4. Wonderful post! I have noticed, myself, that the weeds in my yard that get mowed will blossom much faster, and at shorter heights than the same weeds in my flower beds. The weeds in my flower beds have longer to live and reproduce. (I have a lot of weeds!)


  5. The flowers, yellow and very fragrant, bloom between December and March. Growing up, the foliage of the mimosas takes a „wide cone“ shape. The mimosa plant has a rapid growth, from fifty centimeters up to a meter a year, and can easily reach four or five meters in height.
    they are very sensitive.
    Excellent for these plants is a „universal soil“ enriched with „organic fertilizer“ and small amounts of lava stone that favor the rapid flow of water. The pruning of the mimosa is necessary in the first years of life of the plant in order to contain its exuberant growth. Once balance is achieved in the foliage, pruning can be reduced even after the flowering has finished, to favor the emission of new shoots.🌺🐝☺️


  6. Interesting experiences with mimosa. I bred mimosa in a window room in Poland. I noticed that he doesn’t like turning, moving and touching. It’s a delicate but intelligent plant.


  7. Yes, but in fact as I wrote on an article, not only but they manage to memorize for re-use for survival, all this is fascinating.
    It has recently been discovered that plants acquire new behaviors to improve the efficiency of light foraging through the non-associative learning process of habitation11 and thus facilitate photosynthesis and growth.

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  8. DANKE
    Guten Abend

    Thanks for the follow(s) * (+ likes), as the reason I write is to share.
    * (Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera # in „real life“, rather than in cyberspace!)

    # By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

    (get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

    * or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

    “total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time)

    Who says men can’t multi-task!

    Kind regards and all the best with your blog

    „early bird“ (very) * craig
    * my „best“ time (by far)

    “You will do foolish things…but do them with enthusiasm.”
    – Colette


    Best wishes from the First City to see the sun (in summer) …and we’re also the first to see the sunset and the stars (in winter-time)

    “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

    Auf Wiedersehen


  9. I read a story recently about a plant that could navigate a maze in order to find nutrients with its root system and each time, it navigated the maze faster.

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