Well, this is just interesting. Dr. Prescott hypothesizes that the native Australian acacias could provide early clues to major climatic events such as large scale flooding. If you’ve paid much attention to native plants, no doubt you’ve been impressed (well, I hope you’ve been impressed) by their ability to quickly adapt to changing weather patterns. The most obvious example is the ability many species have to increase flowering in wetter years.
Dr. Prescott goes one step further in suggesting plants could provide predictive clues to weather events.
Hmmm. It would be interesting to compare native plants’ abilities to sense and ‘predict’ change over time compared to our ability to interpret hard data for predictive purposes.