Let’s begin by taking a long view on the word ‘community’ and some related terms. Here’s a cosmic cluster… perhaps a ‘community’ of stars. Are clusters community? Perhaps not.Photo credit: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?&t=25161
From the infinitely great to the very, very small. Is a cluster of cells a ‘community’? Perhaps not as well. But I hope you’re already beginning to think more deeply about the concept of community and communication between organisms.http://talk-technology.blogspot.com/2012/01/biologists-replicate-key-evolutionary.html
This aspen tree cluster is very interesting. The trees on the surface appear to be separate organisms, but in truth, everything you see here and for many miles around is connected by a single tree root system. Is it a single plant? Many plants sharing a survival resource system? A ‘community’ of organismsperhaps able to survive on their own, but ‘choosing’ to connect – ‘choosing’ to be interdependent In order to truly thrive?
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