Why don't trees poop


A wise man once said, "Everyone poops." Well, that should probably be changed everything Crap, because all living things throw out rubbish. This brings us to a brilliant question asked by a reader whose head we'd like to open up and see what's going on inside. Yes, they do too, although there is a semantic argument about what might be called "tree shit". (A sentence that I've never thought I'd have to write in my life.)

In the beginning, all living things excrete things that they no longer need or that could otherwise be harmful to them if they can be built up in this system - yes, everything from the lowest unicellular organisms to blue whales does. In fact, a microbe known as Paramecium caudatum has been observed to pass through solid, liquid, and gaseous waste, meaning it technically poops, pees, and farts all over the place, despite being made up of a single cell as a whole. What exactly do trees exotic?

Well, although trees produce very little in terms of sheer waste, due to enormously efficient metabolic systems that turn most of what the plants ingest into something they can use (and a generally good nutrient uptake system that ensures a lot of things) which would otherwise be bad for the plants are not absorbed at all), nothing is perfect and trees always have to excrete a number of things in order to stay healthy - the best known is of course oxygen.

Oxygen, which the tree needs like any other aerobic life form, but invariably contains excess quantities as a natural by-product of photosynthesis, is mostly drained together with other gaseous waste through small pores in the leaves of a tree.Stomata trees also excrete water vapor during this process, which contains various other waste products. While this is an elimination, you may not think that these are pooping and pissing, maybe more than breathing. After all, when people breathe, they emit carbon dioxide, water vapor, and certain other substances.

So what is the tree doing? is more like poop and pee? Regarding the latter, some, but not all, plants occasionally emit water and other debris through a process known as guttation. In a nutshell, excretion occurs when excess water is absorbed into the roots, resulting in upward pressure within the tree that needs to be eliminated. This most often happens at night when the stomata are generally closed, which robs the tree in a way that allows it to remove the excess water. The result of this root pressure is a sticky sap made up of sugar, water, and various other substances, including waste, that are pushed out of the water stomata or hydathodes in the leaves.

What about tree listing? Plant cells contain large vacuoles that are used in various ways to either store important nutrients or waste that the plant is no longer used for. With regard to the latter wastes, plants concentrate plants in parts of their anatomy that, while serving other purposes throughout their life cycle, are "destined to fall or die", such as leaves, petals or even fruit.

However, the debris, which in turn sometimes also serves a useful purpose, must be disposed of so that the tree does not build up and ultimately damage the tree. These include heavy metals, tannins, oxalates and anthocyanins. Many trees are lost in the winter time or just at random times throughout the year for evergreens. The well-known biologist Brian J. Ford states: "The leaf ... is not only the photosynthetic center of the plant, but also the organ that, at the end of its anabolic program, is freed of vital components and systematically burdened with the metabolism waste. "

A notable example of this is that mangroves can thrive in salt water, even though too much salt is harmful to the plant and otherwise they don't need large amounts of salt to survive. (In fact, many mangroves will actually grow well in fresh water.) They achieve this in part because they are capable of using their roots to sometimes filter up to 90% of the salt from the water they ingest, considering that such a strong osmotic pressure is very noticeable, this would normally result in water being drawn from the roots rather than being absorbed (see our article How Do Trees Get Water From The Ground To Their Leaves?). Any salt ingested by the plant is ultimately excreted through a combination of different processes, most significantly by the plant concentrating the salt in older leaves and bark that are periodically bottled.

In view of the fact that many plants, like trees, use their leaves and other possible excretions to dispose of waste, we would like to expressly state that if you eat a lot of fruits or drink such a delicious cup of tea, you are eating and drinking one little plant pillows that are included ...

Aside from the debris, many trees also store debris in their innermost tissues, such as heartwood, which is sometimes considered dead when formed, although some argue otherwise as it is still able to react chemically to certain things, e.g. decay in the tree when introduced. Nonetheless, this wood no longer plays an active role in the tree's growth and metabolism, so it is a safe place to concentrate waste that the tree cannot otherwise dispose of, or otherwise quickly enough.

In addition, trees can also emit litter through their roots, as observed by the introduction of an otherwise toxic substance into part of the roots of a tree. In one such study, for example, it was later found that the poisonous substance absorbed by certain roots was later excreted by the rest.

It should also be pointed out that, as mentioned earlier, many plants and trees secrete things in a variety of ways, which also have a purpose other than the accumulation of something in their system. For many of these things, some don't think they're poop, while others think they're poop because they're mostly made up of metabolic wastes or other substances that could be toxic to the tree if not regularly excreted. For example, some plants and trees are known to intentionally leach harmful waste products into the surrounding soil or from its leaves or bark as a defense mechanism. This can take the form of compounds that kill, trap, or prevent pests from eating the plant, such as latex, which includes chemicals that are toxic to the plant itself. Some plants, such as the pine, even produce waste products with antibacterial properties that protect them from disease.

In the end, while it's an argument in semantics as to whether or not trees poop and pee, and what mechanisms do it, they clearly exert metabolic wastes and other harmful substances in a variety of interesting ways - which are analogous to pooping, peeing, farting or burp we go in the comments for discussion.

Bonus facts:

  • At this point, you may be wondering whether carnivorous plants that actually eat living things are more like peeing or pooping like many animals. Because unlike most plants, these also take in the bodies of insects and the like. Do these plants have to poop them then? While the mechanisms are different, what is being said here, in general, is that after all the nutrients have been extracted from the living being, the plant will simply reopen and the remaining matter will be washed away in the rain or possibly blown away by the wind. Not necessarily a perfect system. Even so, waste can remain in the facility, which could create problems if it continues to accumulate. How is it dealt with? Often by simply removing the catch mechanism that contains the waste itself. For example, consider the Venus flytrap: after a certain number of closings (around 10-12 or with a successful intake of 3 to 5 meals) a certain trap no longer reacts to external stimuli and instead simply performs its function in photosynthesis before they will eventually be driven out of the plant.
  • The fact that trees excrete otherwise toxic heavy metals as a waste product in their leaves has recently been suggested as a way of finding rich gold deposits deep underground and assessing their concentration, particularly using certain types of eucalyptus trees that can have amazingly deep tap roots, the extends over 40 meters deep into the ground. In a study published in October 2013 Natural gold particles in eucalyptus leaves and their importance for the exploration of buried gold depositsThe researchers found that eucalyptus trees growing on Freddo Gold Prospect in Western Australia did indeed haul gold to the surface from far below the surface by picking it up from the deepest roots and eventually moving much of the toxic gold to the leaves of 80 parts per billion in the leaves versus 44 ppb in the branches, 4 ppb in the bark and only 0.1 to 0.7 ppb in the stem). Although most of the eucalyptus foliage plants are evergreen, ultimately the leaves are shed, which removes the toxic substance from the tree, but this also causes more of it to build up in the topsoil.
  • Speaking of tree poop, we also have the interesting case of figs and you may be eating wasp eggs or larvae and wasp bodies along with the tree droppings ... You see, certain types of fig trees have a symbiotic relationship with wasps, which lay their eggs in immature figs and pollinate them in Return. Fig trees are able to tell when a wasp is not holding the end of the business and will often drop unripe fruit with eggs if the wasp that laid them does not pollinate them. It is all the more interesting that in some species the wasp has to actively pollinate the fig tree instead of just being the by-product of the wasp, which is covered with pollen or the like and passively pollinates the tree. So if an active pollinator wasp tries to cheat the system to save some effort, the fig tree can recognize this and no longer wastes resources on such an unpolluted fruit, but can sacrifice it. The downside of the wasp, of course, is that its offspring will not survive, increasing the likelihood that cheater wasps will be bred. Unsurprisingly, among fig species where non-pollination is most heavily sanctioned by the tree, wasps with active pollinators attempting to defraud the system in this way are much rarer. (Although there are other types of non-pollinating wasps that love to pounce on a pollinated fruit and lay their eggs in it too, piggybacking on the efforts of pollinator wasps.) And now if you're concerned, accidentally a wasp body or body parts if one If fig is eaten, it should not normally be the case with commercially grown figs, which typically use species that do not require pollination. But with figs that to do Pollination is required to grow fruit. If you eat such a fruit you will likely get wings and antennae, as the female often loses them when she is bored inside to lay her eggs. Once hatched, many male species are incapable of flight and simply mate with the female, dig themselves out (provide a way for the young female) and die, sometimes even inside the fig it cannot be left ...
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