Simple, but Creative

Simple, but Creative

Among the many things trees teach us is their ability to do complex reactions and functions with great simplicity. From very few simple chemicals trees are able to transform them into complex molecules with a purpose. Trees have discovered that complexity comes from the feedback of few simple reactants much earlier than us.

It is from their simple restrictions that trees have depicted ways to thrive and live for long time spans. Trees don't have doctors to visit. They need to take care of their own health. Trees are forced to stay outside their comfort zone. They have no air conditioning equipment to cool them in chilly days or cool them when the ambient are high. Trees have to stay on the edge to adapt for the uncontrollable environment. Trees face great challenges to which they respond with many creative strategies. In every part of a tree we shall find creative solutions from which we can learn a lot.

Trees have to stay on the edge to adapt for the uncontrollable environment. Trees face great challenges to which they respond with many creative strategies.

Trees form symbiotic relationship with algae to get usable nitrogen from them and to mesh their roots with those of the fast growing roots of algae. These entangled roots form a great beneath-soil internet. Through this network trees may send warning messages to far trees to warn them of arriving risks.

Trees produce primary products (metabolites) to help them strengthen their structure and to grow. Meanwhile, trees produce secondary metabolites to defend them, protect them and help them survive. Look at trees grown on land and seaweed. Both produce sugars, but those of seaweeds produce different complex sugars than cellulose of trees. Living on the edge of water weeds need to protect themselves from bacteria living in and near water. Their cells have alginate. This alginate may form gels to which enzymes attach themselves to. To know the value of having this chemical in seaweed I suggest that you first watch the following video.


It shows how adding alginate to a calcium salt such as calcium chloride produces gels in different forms of threads or macaroni-like gels. Now, two brilliant Spanish cooks utilized this idea to make caviar-like balls that are filled with a delicious material to explode in our mouths. The most common application of sodium alginate is to create spheres using the spherification technique developed by Chef Ferran Adria at el Bulli restaurant in 2003. The next video describes this process adequately. A seaweed chemical opened the door for many new and healthy food products in the market that generate millions of dollars and satisfied customers. How did seaweeds figure out the value of alginates?


Trees enjoy the game of life. This is evidenced in the thousand of molecules trees produce. Because a tree adapts to its microclimate it may produce different types of same complex molecules. The ability of plants is amazing in changing their chemical metabolites to reflect their microclimate and their niche requirements.

Trees produce chemicals to defend themselves and antibiotics to kill harmful bacteria. They manufacture fragrant chemicals that we use in perfumes. Every tree has its own story. How trees managed to do that is amazing. It is from their weaknesses that trees created solutions and the scope is wide open for us to learn from them.

The tree of beBee should be not less creative than a tree in a desert or seaweeds. I plan to suggest some creative ideas as I am inspired by trees.

Trees are fractals not only in their shapes, but also in the way they function.
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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Deb Lange- yes, and you explain why we have so few pioneers. Numbers talk. 2-3% are pioneers and up to 15% are early adopters. Discovery means taking risk and not staying in our comfort zone. Birds migrate from cold regions to warm ones. We do the same, or use mechanical devices such as heating/cooling. Trees stay where they are and have therefore developed great and stunning ideas on how to cope with the environment. Yes, we do adapt eventually, but at what cost. You now that the cost of finding wound dressing or pain killers cost humanity so much money and troubles when trees were producing their own analgesics. I am publishing in few minutes what may be an extended response to your lovely comment. It is amazing that as I was about to upload that you commented. I always give priority to respond to sound comments than publishing.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #24

#33
Thanks for your comment Irene Hackett. I appreciate you bringing in the heart and our relationship to its function. I agree that, thank God, our heart goes on in spite of us but what is interesting is that our "thinking", consciously and subconsciously, actually influences our heart rate. We can choose to slow or speed up our own heart rate. It's just a matter of understanding how to use this ability and as a response to what need.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #23

#32
Bravo Ali Anani! Well said.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Your comment dear Sara Jacobovici is deep and your writing " we have identity issues, trees and algae do not" is very true. We are molecules and when they react and exchange electrons they are even willing sometimes to lose their identity for a big cause (stability). Just thinking about water it consists of two gases. but these gases are willing to share electrons to create a BETTER IDENTITY. I think it is here where humans fail- even for a better identity they still want to keep the old ones. Something to think about

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
whoever loves me loves you too my sister Irene Hackett. You are a wonderful human

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
You are very modest my dear debasish majumder. I don't write your thorough buzzes or your great poems. I am very grateful to you and your appreciation, but also widely acknowledge your perseverance and desire to grow. In simple words, I am proud of you

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #19

With each Buzz Ali Anani you take us a layer deeper in learning about this fascinating life form which not only connects with ours but from which you show us how much we can benefit from this learning. The line that stands out for me at this reading is, "Trees form symbiotic relationship with algae..." What is meaningful for me is that this reminds me of the difference between humans and our co-habitants in nature; we have identity issues, trees and algae do not. They are not concerned that if they enter into relationship of interdependence they will lose part of their identity. Nature knows what it needs and where to get it. That is something we humans can be reminded of; if I need to enter into a relationship with a business colleague or partner, I do not lose any aspect of my identity or take away from the identity of the other. We acknowledge what we need and how we can help each other without any loss to either of us. I think this is referred to as a "win/win situation".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Thank you dear debasish majumder and congratulate you on your buzz of today

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you for your great comment dear Jeet Sarkar. You are correct and I am trying to cover in my forthcoming buzzes some tree stories on how humans benefit from them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Million hanks Paul Walters

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #15

Ali Anani What a well crafted piece... thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Amazing your comment is dear Mohammed Sultan and equally amazing is your writing "The sophistication of trees lies in their ability to move with the wind,like organizations that are able to bend with the market trend". Your comment as well the previous comments on this buzz fulfill me to the brim. So many great quotes that I am thinking of collecting them in a buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Dear sister Irene Hackett "you read my mind ""It is from their weaknesses that trees created solutions and the scope is wide open for us to learn from them." This is the main theme of my forthcoming buzzes. You know me very well.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Dear Amina Alami- what a profound statement "Whoever learns how to listen to trees, can learn the truth about life". You are so subtle with this wisdom. I love your mind and the way you think.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I would add healthy and risk-free growth to allow for secondary metabolites dear Pascal Derrien. I t amazes me your highlighting branching out as this is done through a unique interlocking system- A topic which I plan to cover soon

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #10

Its all about growth and branching out ☺

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
I welcome you as a great thinker on beBee dear Javier beBee for attracting illuminating minds to beBee. I appreciate your appreciation my friend.

Prakashan B.V

Prakashan B.V

4 years ago #8

Ali Anani...Great article.Very meaningful lines.Thanks.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
It is time to "put our heads together" dear Melissa Hefferman. Thank you for your great quote

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Franci Eugenia Hoffman- Multi-faced people,and now multi personalities of trees. This idea moved me and I am enjoying thinking about it in more depth. You remind me of minerals with different facets and forms, but it is the same minerals. The deeper we go to find them, the purer they get. Yes, your reference to the integration of different personalities on beBee platform is amazing.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#6
Beautiful Melissa. Thank you for your lovely share.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I love this buzz, Ali because I love trees. Each and every tree has multiple personalities. A tree can be lush and green and reflect the glorious sunlight making us happy. A tree can be bare and frail making us sad. A can be in covered in delicate blooms making us think of new life. A tree can be covered in gold and magenta making us a feel cozy and warm. And you're correct in your statement, "trees enjoy the game of life". The same applies to beBee in that there are multiple personalities and getting along, whether we agree or disagree with each another is key. We can learn a lot from trees and as stated by Albert Gibel, if only we could figure out how to get them to talk. Trees are fractals in their shapes, the way they function and interact with each other during seasonal changes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you for your generous comment Albert Gibel. May be tree as busy producing> yes, if trees would reveal to us a minute fraction of their miracles.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear David Grinberg- I have just commented on one of your lovely buzzes and a comment from you means a lot to me.

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #1

Thank you, Ali, for sharing more of your exemplary writing and intellectual thinking. You provide some really interesting information about trees, some of which I was unaware. I also learn something new when I consume your sweet honey!

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