Friday, November 4, 2011

Masting Trees

by Dean Ohlman, Wonder of Creation

Edible seeds such as acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, and beechnuts are often referred to as mast. When these trees produce a crop larger than typical, foresters say they are “masting.”

Masting among such trees happens every few years. The effect of it is to ensure that not all the seeds will be consumed by squirrels and other seed/nut eaters and allow the tree to reproduce.

In the lean years, nut predators thin out, and while they’re gone, the trees take notice and drop a ton of seeds to ensure germination. So suggest the botanists.

Click on over to the Ambling Page and amble along with me as I ramble on about this fascinating aspect of our Creator’s design for trees and their capacity to do the work He’s given them to do.

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