Okay, Science-y types, you’re going to have to take a minute to explain this acorn situation to me. I get that, throughout the east coast and sneaking west towards the Mississippi, there are no acorns. I heard it on NPR last night. I read about it online.
And I listened to your explanation that different oak trees have different cycles for when they produce acorns and that some years they produce more and some years they produce less and this year, apparently, they’re producing none.
All well and good.
How is that decision made?
See, I can buy that each kind of oak might have a cycle that it acquires genetically, so that a particular oak produces acorns one year and not another. And I can see how every tree of that kind that is that age (or the right number of years in the cycle older or younger) might not produce acorns in the same year.
But what, exactly, is the mechanism for conveying to a whole population, across different types of oaks, across different states, that there should be no acorn production?