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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Comments • 752

  • MinuteEarth
    MinuteEarth  11 days ago +106

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    • april tapales
      april tapales 8 days ago

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    • Benjamin Yn
      Benjamin Yn 9 days ago

      MinuteEarth can you do a video about Hippopotamuses please?

    • Shirtango
      Shirtango 9 days ago +1

      you make 3 videos a month that are 2 mins long and 1 min begging for money at the end of the video, why do you employ 8 people for 6 mins of TOTAL video a month?

  • ben nichols
    ben nichols 5 hours 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 6 hours ago +1

    Sometimes i like my own comment to get it started.

  • Ismail Mahamed
    Ismail Mahamed 12 hours ago


  • Matrixgamer
    Matrixgamer 15 hours ago

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

  • SophusTokmak
    SophusTokmak Day ago

    Can you make a jojo’s referance?

  • Holly Van Hart
    Holly Van Hart Day ago

    Appreciate your sharing! 👍🏼 👍 😍

  • Random Derpy Family
    Random Derpy Family 2 days ago

    Your running out of good rimes

  • Random Derpy Family
    Random Derpy Family 2 days ago

    Are you going nuts with tree sex?

  • gamplays no android
    gamplays no android 2 days ago

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

  • Ahmed Boker
    Ahmed Boker 2 days ago

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

  • shreya prajapati
    shreya prajapati 3 days ago

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

  • needforsuv
    needforsuv 3 days ago

    0:12 ITS AUTUMN

  • Swetha karthik
    Swetha karthik 3 days ago

    Why is water translucent or transparent whatever it is.

  • Swetha karthik
    Swetha karthik 3 days ago

    I love your puns!!

  • Michael Enquist
    Michael Enquist 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

  • Hector Cardenas
    Hector Cardenas 5 days ago

    Cute pictures

  • jason jiang
    jason jiang 5 days ago

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

  • Wolf Blood
    Wolf Blood 5 days ago +1


  • Irene Bianca
    Irene Bianca 5 days 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 4 days 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 5 days ago

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

  • steveb0503
    steveb0503 6 days ago +1

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

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago

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

  • spadorade
    spadorade 6 days ago

    *T R E E O R G Y*

  • S R
    S R 6 days ago +1

    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 4 days ago

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

  • Iris Ariola
    Iris Ariola 6 days ago

    Guess this: B
    OBO (hint: primate)

  • Iris Ariola
    Iris Ariola 6 days ago

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

  • Zhuo Xiaobin
    Zhuo Xiaobin 6 days ago

    So this happened when I was almost born!!!

  • Natalynx :D
    Natalynx :D 6 days ago +1

    One tree was very lonely

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

  • Schiwi M
    Schiwi M 6 days 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 6 days ago +1

    Masting=Tree orgy

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago

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

  • hello hello
    hello hello 6 days ago

    What a big orgy

  • Queen Nyra
    Queen Nyra 6 days ago

    Trees can give birth? Weird!

  • Josh_Le_GamerYT
    Josh_Le_GamerYT 6 days ago

    When trees N U T T.

  • PigIA
    PigIA 6 days ago +1

    I have a pet oak tree

  • Hugh Mungus
    Hugh Mungus 6 days ago +1


  • Mr shogrrila Productions

    Holy nuts

  • JR Boyd
    JR Boyd 6 days ago +1

    Treez Nutz

  • fabiansw8
    fabiansw8 7 days ago

    Trees talk with Diethyltrytamine I think, hope it gets studied more..

  • Tyler Inman
    Tyler Inman 7 days ago

    why do dog get stuck doing for mating

  • Maria Clara
    Maria Clara 7 days ago

    subtitles of Brazil (português) please ♡

  • cascadiantreehugger
    cascadiantreehugger 8 days ago +3

    trees actually do communicate, with fungal root networks and airborne pheromones

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago

      :) We're actually working on an episode about this (and more!) :D Plants are way more interesting than people give them credit for!

  • Fay-La-Mii
    Fay-La-Mii 8 days ago +1

    Really great art in this episode!

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago

      Agreed, from the thumbnail all the way to the end!

  • fx Gamer
    fx Gamer 8 days ago

    lord of the rings 🤔

  • JD
    JD 8 days ago +1

    That rhyme at the end... Fantastic

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago

      A good rhyme goes a long way, just like a good time is a partayyyyy

  • Matthew Harris-Levesque

    2:20 - That classy rhyme was brought to you by, YEW?

  • Audrey Winter
    Audrey Winter 8 days ago

    Don't hate on the squirrels! They are just squirreling away the oak seeds to other places than directly under the oak tree, where a new tree has a small chance of growing up. Squirrels are burying the acorns away from the oppressing shade of the parents. They are burying way more acorns than they will dig back up for a winter snack and play therefore an important role in planting new oaks.

  • rydag11
    rydag11 8 days ago +1

    Wooden you know LOL

    • Aspect Science
      Aspect Science 4 days ago +1

      Ah man! This is a noice little pun that's been lost in the comments! Happy we found it aha :) It's a bit of an a'corny joke, but we'll give it to ya

  • Stratelier
    Stratelier 8 days ago +1

    _"That_ classy rhyme was brought to you by ... YOU."
    The Internet in a nutshell....

  • Curtis Densmore
    Curtis Densmore 8 days ago

    Organisms definitely aren't working towards the good of their species. A gene that benefited the species over itself would be less successful than a gene that worked to gain an advantage for itself. If coordinated masting is a good, selfish strategy, than the trees will use it. If your neighbor is masting, but you aren't, you are at a disadvantage.

  • Ryan Mills
    Ryan Mills 8 days ago


  • JulieYaka
    JulieYaka 8 days ago +1

    The trees are going nuts. Literally.

  • Hee Sing Sia
    Hee Sing Sia 8 days ago

    Tree orgies. You learn something everyday

  • monif chowdhury
    monif chowdhury 8 days ago

    the last line killed me!

  • tophat coiny
    tophat coiny 8 days ago

    I'm happy to sponcer you

  • R3Testa
    R3Testa 8 days ago

    Couplets? I don't know, meter's off.

  • PopTheBubble
    PopTheBubble 8 days ago

    Tree thots getting more action than humans

  • Mr. Meeseeks
    Mr. Meeseeks 8 days ago +1

    but that doesnt matter because they bury it anyways for later...

  • Admiral Cat
    Admiral Cat 8 days ago

    When trees continues nutting.

  • Germae Anne
    Germae Anne 8 days ago

    The frame at 1:19 triggered my allergic rhinitis.

  • green alien
    green alien 8 days ago

    Tree don't have sex. They not have penis.

  • Azzy Lu
    Azzy Lu 8 days ago


  • Theyn Smith
    Theyn Smith 8 days ago

    Are we eating tree babies?

    • Schiwi M
      Schiwi M 6 days ago

      Yes. And Chicken Babys and Fish Babys and many other Babys. We are Baby eaters.

  • buildy burridge
    buildy burridge 8 days ago

    well thats odd for all i know humans are the only thing to grow nuts

  • Rap Cat
    Rap Cat 8 days ago

    The tree in the thumbnail looks so happy

  • Nazx 36
    Nazx 36 8 days ago

    Well made video

  • Rekt Excalibur
    Rekt Excalibur 8 days ago

    *When trees grow nuts*

  • AndreT
    AndreT 8 days ago

    Same reason we have chicken eggs. Chickens must be ready for the bamboo masting season

  • NEA panther
    NEA panther 8 days ago +3

    What’s an acorn? In a nutshell, it’s an oak tree.

  • Sky Kitty LPS
    Sky Kitty LPS 9 days ago

    Good job on #38 on trending

  • Greenq Effect
    Greenq Effect 9 days ago


  • Skyler Peters
    Skyler Peters 9 days ago

    How could I pass that thumbnail by?

  • Shirtango
    Shirtango 9 days ago +1

    The video is 2 mins long and 1 min of them begging for money at the end.. jesus christ.. maybe try not hiring 8 people for a 2 min video, maybe you would have enough money.

  • Shirtango
    Shirtango 9 days ago +1

    how do you need 8 people to work on a 2 mins video?

  • Shirtango
    Shirtango 9 days ago +1

    You make like 3 videos a month , and their 2 mins long and you have 8 people working for you and your begging for money?? huh??

    • Roland Ramos
      Roland Ramos 6 days ago

      Its not that easy, they have to do every single darned detail. They also have to find source, source, more sources, more sources, and another source. They also have to do the "Animation". It also takes editing. You try to make this before you speak.

  • America Ball
    America Ball 9 days ago

    2010? Wow

  • Jayyy Zeee
    Jayyy Zeee 9 days ago

    If a tree busts a nut alone with no other trees around, is that just tree masturbation? If there are only male trees around, then is that just gay tree sex? Are there trans trees?

  • KaizaGraal
    KaizaGraal 9 days ago

    Wow, you learn something everyday.

  • Ratchet4647
    Ratchet4647 9 days ago

    How is it that only some youtubers have the sponsor button? Do they need to meet specific criteria?

  • kaemontano
    kaemontano 9 days ago


  • Ryan 31
    Ryan 31 9 days ago

    Tree sex extravaganza

  • Tara Mcalinn
    Tara Mcalinn 9 days ago

    #26 on trending.. great job!

  • Bima Santoso
    Bima Santoso 9 days ago

    Even trees are smarter than me

  • Cup o' Joe
    Cup o' Joe 9 days ago

    Tell them what you are going to tell the ... bla bla bla. Tell a pun, tell about -Patreon- "You", then tell another pun. Btw, this comment brought by ME. 😂

  • Penelope M.
    Penelope M. 9 days ago

    Its actually mycelium. Mycelium changes the weather also.

  • ColinPlayzMCPE - Minecraft PE

    Hah the video was brought to us by ourselves :)

  • domo riski
    domo riski 9 days ago

    It's video should be titled "when trees GROW nuts" 😀

  • Vince Urbano
    Vince Urbano 9 days ago

    *This is so punny and I TREET this very good*

  • Michel Etienne Sartre

    Lets not go to the forests. Wouldnt want to interrupt them in the middle of mating. They're dying out. Need them to repopulate the earth.

  • The All Seeing Eye
    The All Seeing Eye 9 days ago

    So 2010 was an immense time of plant porn.....

  • Teresa Schrage
    Teresa Schrage 9 days ago

    Ur trending

  • Zach Simon
    Zach Simon 9 days ago

    Trees and plants can 💯 percent talk and communicate to each other

  • лисичка
    лисичка 9 days ago

    usclip.net/video/deDwmyctgG8/video.html good video plise sining

  • Asyafiqn 15
    Asyafiqn 15 9 days ago


  • Devon Miller
    Devon Miller 9 days ago



    This video is brought to by us?

  • *Phelipe Nascimento*
    *Phelipe Nascimento* 9 days ago +1

    E as arvore, somenozes.

  • Shashaank Dey
    Shashaank Dey 9 days ago

    The last rhyme tho !!!