Simple, but Creative

Simple, but Creative

Among the many things trees teach us is their ability to do complex reactions and functions with great simplicity. From very few simple chemicals trees are able to transform them into complex molecules with a purpose. Trees have discovered that complexity comes from the feedback of few simple reactants much earlier than us.

It is from their simple restrictions that trees have depicted ways to thrive and live for long time spans. Trees don't have doctors to visit. They need to take care of their own health. Trees are forced to stay outside their comfort zone. They have no air conditioning equipment to cool them in chilly days or cool them when the ambient are high. Trees have to stay on the edge to adapt for the uncontrollable environment. Trees face great challenges to which they respond with many creative strategies. In every part of a tree we shall find creative solutions from which we can learn a lot.

Trees have to stay on the edge to adapt for the uncontrollable environment. Trees face great challenges to which they respond with many creative strategies.

Trees form symbiotic relationship with algae to get usable nitrogen from them and to mesh their roots with those of the fast growing roots of algae. These entangled roots form a great beneath-soil internet. Through this network trees may send warning messages to far trees to warn them of arriving risks.

Trees produce primary products (metabolites) to help them strengthen their structure and to grow. Meanwhile, trees produce secondary metabolites to defend them, protect them and help them survive. Look at trees grown on land and seaweed. Both produce sugars, but those of seaweeds produce different complex sugars than cellulose of trees. Living on the edge of water weeds need to protect themselves from bacteria living in and near water. Their cells have alginate. This alginate may form gels to which enzymes attach themselves to. To know the value of having this chemical in seaweed I suggest that you first watch the following video.

Simple, but Creative

It shows how adding alginate to a calcium salt such as calcium chloride produces gels in different forms of threads or macaroni-like gels. Now, two brilliant Spanish cooks utilized this idea to make caviar-like balls that are filled with a delicious material to explode in our mouths. The most common application of sodium alginate is to create spheres using the spherification technique developed by Chef Ferran Adria at el Bulli restaurant in 2003. The next video describes this process adequately. A seaweed chemical opened the door for many new and healthy food products in the market that generate millions of dollars and satisfied customers. How did seaweeds figure out the value of alginates?

Simple, but Creative

Trees enjoy the game of life. This is evidenced in the thousand of molecules trees produce. Because a tree adapts to its microclimate it may produce different types of same complex molecules. The ability of plants is amazing in changing their chemical metabolites to reflect their microclimate and their niche requirements.

Trees produce chemicals to defend themselves and antibiotics to kill harmful bacteria. They manufacture fragrant chemicals that we use in perfumes. Every tree has its own story. How trees managed to do that is amazing. It is from their weaknesses that trees created solutions and the scope is wide open for us to learn from them.

The tree of beBee should be not less creative than a tree in a desert or seaweeds. I plan to suggest some creative ideas as I am inspired by trees.

Trees are fractals not only in their shapes, but also in the way they function.

#39 look forward to your next publishing!

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Dear @Deb Lange- yes, and you explain why we have so few pioneers. Numbers talk. 2-3% are pioneers and up to 15% are early adopters. Discovery means taking risk and not staying in our comfort zone. Birds migrate from cold regions to warm ones. We do the same, or use mechanical devices such as heating/cooling. Trees stay where they are and have therefore developed great and stunning ideas on how to cope with the environment. Yes, we do adapt eventually, but at what cost. You now that the cost of finding wound dressing or pain killers cost humanity so much money and troubles when trees were producing their own analgesics. I am publishing in few minutes what may be an extended response to your lovely comment. It is amazing that as I was about to upload that you commented. I always give priority to respond to sound comments than publishing.

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Dear @Ali Anani, you say, "Trees have to stay on the edge to adapt for the uncontrollable environment. Trees face great challenges to which they respond with many creative strategies.". I think we too have to stay on the edge for an environment that is uncontrollable. We too face great challenges that require adaptation. However, the prevailing consciousness is safer in hanging on to the staus quo, or safer waiting until science tells us what to do, or until others pave a path before us to follow. Perhaps, it will always be like this, we will have the early adopters/adaptors/creators who are resilient and experiment and discover and create new ways to think, sense and be, just as you are leading the way with your study of trees and nature and how that relates to the way humans think. We have early adopters who are willing to plunge in, like the early people in BeBee, who want to create a different kind of connection. Then when something looks like it is being successful others will follow. Perhaps, trees and plants and other animate creatures also have this embedded. For example the 100th monkey experiment. There is usually, one being, that will experiments and creates something new and adapts and then others follow. We do eventually adapt, or if we don't species die out. This seems to be true for any living species. can we quicken our ability to adapt the more we are now connected via the internet and in bebee where we can add to each other's ideas and further pollinate them both here and across the world.

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Irene Hackett 8/10/2016 · #37

#36 Ah, so very true, the ability of thoughts influencing the body fascinates me - thank you for your comment on this @Sara Jacobovici. There is much to explore in how we may be designed to self heal - in "choosing" thoughts. A great mystery !

Sara Jacobovici 8/10/2016 · #36

#33 Thanks for your comment @Irene Hackett. I appreciate you bringing in the heart and our relationship to its function. I agree that, thank God, our heart goes on in spite of us but what is interesting is that our "thinking", consciously and subconsciously, actually influences our heart rate. We can choose to slow or speed up our own heart rate. It's just a matter of understanding how to use this ability and as a response to what need.

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Sara Jacobovici 8/10/2016 · #35

#32 Bravo @Ali Anani! Well said.

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Irene Hackett 8/10/2016 · #34

#31 💕

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Irene Hackett 8/10/2016 · #33

Dear @Sara Jacobovici, yes, isn't it amazing how "Nature knows what it needs and where to get it." I think of our own heartbeat, it continues day & night without any help from us! I wonder what would happen if we had to 'think' about beating our own hearts? I love how you point out that "we have identity issues, trees and algae do not." Your purposeful "win/win" business description is a great example of what can happen as we become less attached to our personal 'identity' and more aware of the one presence in all.

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