When Trees Go Nuts

  • Published on May 10, 2018
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    Every once in a while, all the oaks or spruces or other plants in a region suddenly produce a tremendous bounty of seeds - up to 100 times more than usual. But why do they do it, and how do they all manage to sync up?
    To learn more about mast seeding, start your googling with these keywords:
    Mast Year: A year in which all the plants of a particular species in a region ramp up their seed production.
    Predator Satiation Hypothesis: The hypothesis that mast seeding is a strategy plants use for controlling the population of squirrels and other seed-eating animals.

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    Fletcher, Quinn E., Stan Boutin, Jeffrey E. Lane, Jalene M. LaMontagne, Andrew G. McAdam, Charles J. Krebs, and Murray M. Humphries. 2010. “The Functional Response of a Hoarding Seed Predator to Mast Seeding.” Ecology 91 (9): 2673-83.
    Kelly, Dave, and Victoria L. Sork. 2002. “Mast Seeding in Perennial Plants: Why, How, Where?” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33 (1). Annual Reviews: 427-47.
    Kelly, D. 1994. “The Evolutionary Ecology of Mast Seeding.” Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9 (12): 465-70.
    LaMontagne, J. 2018. Personal Communication.
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  • MinuteEarth
    MinuteEarth  3 months ago +128

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  • Jack is not in the box
    Jack is not in the box 23 hours ago


  • Dorothy Isidro
    Dorothy Isidro 2 days ago

    I was born on April 2010!

    • Guy The GalaXII
      Guy The GalaXII Day ago

      Dorothy Isidro Wow, I was in 4th grade in 2010. Have fun kid, childhood dosen't last long.

  • ConnorConnor
    ConnorConnor 3 days ago


  • Drus 13
    Drus 13 5 days ago

    Subscribe to me coz this vid was sponsored by *ME*

  • Dragoonflight
    Dragoonflight 7 days ago

    Never knew trees were so smart.

  • Nevi Nevi
    Nevi Nevi 12 days ago

    it becomes doodoo

  • Michael Hartman
    Michael Hartman 14 days ago

    Thanks for the interesting video. I wondered if they reduced yield the 1-2 previous seasons. This would reduce the squirrel population while allowing the trees to save energy or allocating energy to roots and canopy to harvest energy better next year. Trees do track time, and synchronize flowering. Apple trees produce ever other year.

  • 《 furiku 》
    《 furiku 》 16 days ago


  • Lala
    Lala 19 days ago

    Now I feel bad for eating plant babies

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  • Ethan and Isaac games
    Ethan and Isaac games 22 days ago

    I love that thumbnail

  • Ian Carlson
    Ian Carlson 23 days ago

    A Dad joke? Wait, a MOM joke?

  • Artsy Stuff
    Artsy Stuff 25 days ago

    I read "When trees grow nuts"
    And i thought it was "that" nuts...

  • Natthaya Choosuk
    Natthaya Choosuk 26 days ago


  • Janaleigh Cargo
    Janaleigh Cargo 27 days ago

    Like the rhyme

  • Carl Pow
    Carl Pow Month ago

    In Jamaica, there's no trees nuts

  • Garry Estandian
    Garry Estandian Month ago

    let them save the world

  • Arlyn Robles
    Arlyn Robles Month ago

    I was born in 2010

  • Don  Timberman
    Don Timberman Month ago

    Actually there is evidence that points to that they can communicate with each other.

  • Lithuanian LEGO's
    Lithuanian LEGO's Month ago

    Trees should make no nuts the year before masting.

  • Kuutti Saarivirta
    Kuutti Saarivirta Month ago

    im actually from finland

  • Kuutti Saarivirta
    Kuutti Saarivirta Month ago

    i was born on the year after 2010 that is 2011

  • Klaus Süß
    Klaus Süß Month ago

    Sperm is what you swallow while dating that mintephysics dude.
    And the stuff trees spread is called pollen

  • SubToDavidland Official Channel

    This made me nut

  • Butch Forbes
    Butch Forbes Month ago

    why do we have so much water

  • john harker
    john harker Month ago

    That tree got aborted

  • Holland Bowman
    Holland Bowman Month ago

    If mushrooms can communicate with trees then they can communicate with each other to send a trees 🌳 message to a another 🌲

  • Lucille Dagpin-Galicha


  • ConnorConnor
    ConnorConnor Month ago +1

    Quizzer: Is that a pregnant squirrel, or did it just eat lots of nuts?
    Contestant: *ACORNS!!*
    Quizzer: Nuts still work, though.
    Contestant: Oh. Is it... pregnant?
    Quizzer: Nope! It just ate lots of nuts.
    Contestant (thinking): *darn, now I'm out of the game >:-(*

  • Emily Ding
    Emily Ding 2 months ago

    I was born in 2010

  • Korbkul Kimsavet
    Korbkul Kimsavet 2 months ago

    Go to minute earth #www.minuteearth.com

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    Korbkul Kimsavet 2 months ago

    Go to m

  • Sire the Flareon
    Sire the Flareon 2 months ago

    So I'm allergic to tree sperm 😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕

  • Davy moore
    Davy moore 2 months ago

    Wait... trees go nuts lol

  • Mocking Cookie
    Mocking Cookie 2 months ago

    It's because they're TREEting each other

  • Brutaltronics
    Brutaltronics 2 months ago

    so it was a massive tree orgy?
    damn, those naughty trees, they need jesus.

  • Alvin Velez
    Alvin Velez 2 months ago


  • new american order
    new american order 2 months ago

    Are they friable? If so I can make em go extinct in the first day.....FRYED ACORNS

  • Trolmaster -
    Trolmaster - 2 months ago

    Can we change the name of masting into nutting ?

  • PaleMacaroon483
    PaleMacaroon483 2 months ago

    That’s nuts

  • Nine Five
    Nine Five 2 months ago

    too much cuteness in one animation

  • xannag
    xannag 2 months ago

    But wait.. first you told us that plants communicate by their roots

  • Catherine Cao
    Catherine Cao 2 months ago


  • ZEN30
    ZEN30 2 months ago

    When you say they cannot talk, it's not to say that they don't communicate. They found large regions of trees in the northwest of United States communicating via a mycelium Network.

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    poonam aneja 2 months ago

    Delivering Puns Since ????

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  • Kuzey Büyüktunca
    Kuzey Büyüktunca 2 months ago

    I thought it was gonna be a joke video.

  • Razzan Tris
    Razzan Tris 2 months ago


  • Lemonade Lad
    Lemonade Lad 2 months ago

    *_-N U T-_*

  • Neo Khesa
    Neo Khesa 2 months ago

    This should be fairly easy to prove

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 2 months ago

    Bitch stop saying tree sex....please😑

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 2 months ago

    So trees have a concience?

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 2 months ago

    Wait....arent trees female and male at the same time?🤔

  • Flena 10s
    Flena 10s 2 months ago

    nice animation

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    Gutsy AE 2 months ago +1

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  • Chase Entwistle
    Chase Entwistle 2 months ago

    The first graph showed with squirrel icons probably should have looked more like a sigmoid (logistic) curve. To me, it seemed almost like the top section of a logarithmic function!
    When populations transition from one carrying capacity (or their lag phase) to another, it almost always resembles the same S-style curve.

  • Jesse Munson
    Jesse Munson 2 months ago

    I hate being talked to like I'm a kindergartener.

  • Betül Miray
    Betül Miray 2 months ago

    Turkish subtitle please

  • Alyssahorselover
    Alyssahorselover 2 months ago

    Why do Birds Live so Long?

  • jacky zhu
    jacky zhu 2 months ago

    Species, feces, They RHYME!

  • Yavuz Baysal
    Yavuz Baysal 2 months ago

    Just let me know when you get home

  • Nyssa Sutherland
    Nyssa Sutherland 2 months ago

    can you do somthing with octopues, btw i love your videos

    ANSHUL RATHORE 2 months ago +4

    Save Trees Save Lives 😘😘

  • FlaredFist9
    FlaredFist9 2 months ago

    "tree sex extravaganza"

  • Mizu ti
    Mizu ti 2 months ago

    OMG, does the hyena have a knife?!.
    *illuminati music plays*

  • ben nichols
    ben nichols 2 months ago

    It is possible they "talk" to each other. Symbiotic relationships between trees and fungi (fungi are the largest single living organisms on earth) could provide chemical queues to the whole forrest.

  • tinka patosi
    tinka patosi 2 months ago +1

    Sometimes i like my own comment to get it started.

  • Ismail Mahamed
    Ismail Mahamed 2 months ago


  • Matrixgamer
    Matrixgamer 2 months ago

    Hey just wondering. Did we evolve from reptiles (we have that thing that reptiles have on the side of our eye)

  • SophusTokmak
    SophusTokmak 2 months ago

    Can you make a jojo’s referance?

  • Holly Van Hart
    Holly Van Hart 2 months ago

    Appreciate your sharing! 👍🏼 👍 😍

  • Random Derpy Family
    Random Derpy Family 2 months ago

    Your running out of good rimes

  • Random Derpy Family
    Random Derpy Family 2 months ago

    Are you going nuts with tree sex?

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    gamplays no android 2 months ago

    Did you know that someone is copying you? Or better earning money from your job?

  • Ahmed Boker
    Ahmed Boker 3 months ago

    Arabic translate!!!Arabic translate!!!Arabic translate!!! Arabic translate!!!Arabic translate!!!

  • shreya prajapati
    shreya prajapati 3 months ago

    i have a guestion that i really want to know the answer too
    why is the sky blue??????

  • needforsuv
    needforsuv 3 months ago

    0:12 ITS AUTUMN

  • Swetha karthik
    Swetha karthik 3 months ago

    Why is water translucent or transparent whatever it is.

  • Swetha karthik
    Swetha karthik 3 months ago

    I love your puns!!

  • Michael Enquist
    Michael Enquist 3 months ago

    I like how the last graph shows an increase in the squirrel population and then a die-off. Economics has the same root as ecology.

  • Siva Sumanth
    Siva Sumanth 3 months ago

    Bro How you did that animation. I Just want to know the software used........... Kindly respond to the query

  • Hector Cardenas
    Hector Cardenas 3 months ago

    Cute pictures

  • jason jiang
    jason jiang 3 months ago

    trees can have sex?
    what position? I'm interristed

  • Wolf Blood
    Wolf Blood 3 months ago +1


  • Irene Bianca
    Irene Bianca 3 months ago

    Why don't the trees just not produce any acorns at all on most years and then only produce acorns once a few years?

  • No need to worry about my username

    I don't know why but I feel good after watching your videos. A video explaining that phenomenon would be appreciated

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 3 months ago

      haha that would be like inception for their videos! "A video explaining why our videos make you feel the way you do after watching our videos"

  • Hello Kitty
    Hello Kitty 3 months ago

    I love the animation! the trees are soo cute :)

  • steveb0503
    steveb0503 3 months ago +1

    You're implying WAY too much intentionality here...

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 3 months ago

      Haha did you ever watch scrubs? THE TOD would have loved this episode

  • spadorade
    spadorade 3 months ago

    *T R E E O R G Y*

  • Eternal Ren
    Eternal Ren 3 months ago +2

    Read a book on trees, apparently they are able to communicate through intricate root systems and also send signals with underground fungi. Some times they produce lots of nuts because they are dying, spending the last energy to reproduce.

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 3 months ago

      YES! We're doing an episode on this soon :D :D :D! See people, plants ARE interesting!

  • Iris Ariola
    Iris Ariola 3 months ago

    Guess this: B
    OBO (hint: primate)

  • Iris Ariola
    Iris Ariola 3 months ago

    Guess this rebus: 🥘O (Hint: a vegetable)

  • Zhuo Xiaobin
    Zhuo Xiaobin 3 months ago

    So this happened when I was almost born!!!

  • Natalynx :D
    Natalynx :D 3 months ago +1

    One tree was very lonely

    I guess you could say they are in Soli-tree now.

  • Schiwi M
    Schiwi M 3 months ago

    0:40 it's not that weird, because Plants like Trees can communicate with each other through the ground and even trough the air with chemicals

  • Thabang Senoamadi
    Thabang Senoamadi 3 months ago +1

    Masting=Tree orgy

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 3 months ago

      Tree Orgy = the weirdest imagery being thought up in my head right now

  • hello hello
    hello hello 3 months ago

    What a big orgy

  • Queen Nyra
    Queen Nyra 3 months ago

    Trees can give birth? Weird!

  • Josh_Le_GamerYT
    Josh_Le_GamerYT 3 months ago

    When trees N U T T.