Plants are the ‘aliens” visiting Earth!
Many of you know that I think plant life may have evolved elsewhere (off Earth), as the movie The Thing From Another World so presciently told us in 1951.
Two items that I add to my ongoing “thesis” include a review in the December 8th, 2016 issue of The New York Review of Books and a Science Magazine article.
The review in the NYRB is by Thomas Pakenham on Page 46 [What Trees Say]: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleban (Translated from the German by Jane Billinghurst), [Greystone/David Suzuki Institute]
A team from the university in Vancouver “discovered … a vast underground network, called a mycorrhiza, in which fungi connect trees of different species by passing chemical and electrical signals among the trees’ roots. It was an arboreal Internet – christened the ‘wood wide web.’ [haha] Trees could actually communicate by exchanging carbon through their roots. The exchange offer mutual support …
“ … trees not only benefited by mutual exchange of food. They exchanged vital information …
“ … if a tree’s leaves are bitten by a caterpillar. It will send a message through the mycorrhiza, prompting other trees in the network to release chemicals that repel caterpillars …
“ … that, in their own way, trees had feelings, that they knew how to communicate with one another, and that the strong were able to assist the weak.”
The Science Magazine (online) article tells us plants exude “light” through their roots to see underground.
Click HERE for that article.
My speculation has been and continues to be that plant life elsewhere in the Galaxy (or Universe) evolved into thinking, mobile beings and while on scouting missions stumbled upon Earth, with its abundance of water and nutrients, necessary for their existence.
They now come here to sustain themselves or bask in the glory of a liquid planet.
Fortunately, they are not carnivorous like the “carrot” in The Thing film, although some mutilated cattle and Snippy might disagree.