Jane Goodall, who is best known for her work in communicating with primates, was just on Here and Now talking about the communication skills of another unexpected tribe: plants.
Goodall explains that trees and plants have the ability to warn each other of environmental threats so that others can survive. For example researchers have discovered that in a drought, pea plants can communicate methods of preventing water loss in order to survive. When compared with a “naive” group of peas, Goodall says:
I’ve had a hard time putting into words just why I want to research conversation, but I think this quote by Jane Goodall does it for me. In learning to communicate better — to prepare well in reacting to the situations and people around us — we, like the plants and trees, can survive better. And maybe even thrive.
P.S. Listen to Jane Goodall explain how trees talk on Here and Now.