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"Social Distancing" can be widespread in other species like trees

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Social distancing is a new reality for many of us around the world. But did you know that it’s always been part of life for trees?

“Crown shyness” is a striking phenomenon by which trees leave gaps between the tips of their branches and those of their neighbors. It occurs most often with trees of the same height and species. The spaces it creates look just like art against the sky. Scientists think crown shyness is caused by storms and rain. Trees avoid touching to protect their branches. The spaces also slow the spread of parasites and help sapling get enough light to grow.

If you get a chance to go into the woods, don’t forget to look up to see how each tree practices social distancing. Trees keep their distance to survive. And so should we to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Author/Editor: Kotchakorn Rattanama

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