Bio-ingenieurs UGent tonen innovaties op Floraliën

Prof. Dr. Ir. Marie-Christine Van Labeke

prof. Dr. Ir. Steppe Kathy

Tweeting trees

It looks like scientists have finally found the answer to the age-old question: "If a tree tweets in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Researchers have wired trees with sensors attached to their trunks and branches that transfer all important data regarding the health of the trees online. The signals are translated into messages about drought or other stress conditions. The idea is to create a network of 'talking trees' across Europe that can provide real-time information about forest health.

The experiment is, among others, related to concerns about the negative consequences of climate change.