One of the Unknown Unknowns revealed ?

Climate change will result in changes that are known, known unkowns and unknown unknowns.
this research perhapes one of the unknown unknowns now revealing itself

Cloud Forest Trees Drink Water Through Their Leaves
Dec. 12, 2012 — Tropical montane cloud forest trees use more than their roots to take up water. They also drink water from clouds directly through their leaves, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered.
While this is an essential survival strategy in foggy but otherwise dry areas, the scientists say that the clouds the trees depend on are now disappearing due to climate change.
“The study highlights the vulnerability of this rare and already endangered ecosystem to climate change,” said Todd Dawson, senior author of the study and UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology. Changes in cloud cover have already been correlated to declines and disappearances of cloud forest animal populations, such as frogs and salamanders.
The new study will be published next year in the journal Ecology Letters and is available online this month

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  1. john byatt

    Post was put up by me, still getting the hang of this thing, We need Mike back from his research, Was thinkin about such things as unknown unknowns all week, what the hell do they mean, I think that this is an example

    cheers

    JB

  2. Sou

    Hi John, after I first read about the Amazon when I was just a little girl I always wanted to go there. What struck me as especially magical about it was that it had another world up in the dense canopy of the treetops. I expect I was reading about cloud forests. It’s horrible to think that they are being damaged – and especially that some might be damaged irreparably.

    Your posts are great, but missing the link to the source. I think this one might be the original, and it also has a link to the paper..
    http://phys.org/news/2012-12-cloud-forest-trees.html

    • john byatt

      I was always a cloud forest nutter, even trying different fruits, Australian roullete, I have extremely sensitive taste due to having about ten times the normal number of active tatsebuds. weird I know

      Taste the Bark, Taste the leaves then taste the fruit, Betsey Jackes JCU) would bring fruit around and ask if I had tried it , mostly from the iron range national Park QLD

      The worst fruit I ever tasted was a passionfruit type fruit growing on a tree, red fruit and the pulp tasted how axle grease smells. be wary of red fruit.

      even the same type of tree can have some seedlings that are edible and some that are poisionus (like Almonds)

      Another one name slips me at the moment was highly regarded as a poleynesian cure all, tasted very bitter and metallic, glad i did not eat much as it turned out to be way to high in selenium.

      would take a bucket and fill it with the forest litter, plant out, water it and see what came up, for me that was better than xmas.

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