Phloem: Is the living tissue in a plant that transports the compounds that are produced by photosynthesis (the sap) to the where it is needed. Sap is a water based sucrose solution (sugar) that is made by photosynthesis. These sugars are transported to non-photosynthetic parts of the plant, such as the roots, or into storage structures, such as tubers or bulbs. (wikipedia)
In Trees this the innermost layer in the bark – see diagram. The transports around the plant happens in layers.
After a bit of research, I found an article titled: Electrical Wiring and Long-Distance Plant Communication
I can’t access the whole article unfortunately but I am able to view the abstract:
I like the visual image I have in my head of the this ‘green cable’, that is the phloem, that transmits messages in and around the plant.
I can access the abstract of the first chapter in this article : Chapter One – Mobile Transcripts and Intercellular Communication in Plants
Of course a lot of this science is completely going over my head but I can kind of get a gist of this intercellular communication thing that is going on. Cell communication is an umbrella term in biology used to identify different types of communication methods between living cellulites. Every living organism has cells that need to communicate to each other to perform important bodily processes that are necessary for survival.
From an artistic point of view, this is quite a magical process. From what I understand – which is fairly little – but at a grasp and a very basic understanding of what is happening, the thought that both humans and plants have this intercellular communication system within us and them that a very similar is an incredible thing to get my head round.