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Crown shyness: Nature’s way of social distancing

Certain tree species in the forest resist touching each other as they grow, a natural phenomenon known as crown shyness.

There is more than one theory of why social distancing amongst the trees occurs.

Scientists suggest that the channel gaps between the treetops occur because of mutual light-sensing among adjacent plants, which increase light reception for the leaves. Preventing overlapping canopies also reduces the spread of disease and wards off leaf-eating harmful insects.

The collaborative effort to avoid touching its neighbor’s foliage ensures the safety and survival of all nearby trees. Talk about respecting one’s personal space!

Crown shyness: Nature’s way of social distancing
Crown shyness: Nature’s way of social distancing
Crown shyness: Nature’s way of social distancing

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.