← Back to News and Events Sep 3, 2019 Listening to trees: Sharon Doty discusses plant communication in WTA story The cottonwood is one of the trees Sharon Doty and her team are studying. Plants are talking, but who is listening? UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences professor Sharon Doty and her team are paying attention. In a recent story for the Washington Trails Association‘s Washington Trails fall 2019 issue, Doty talked about how trees and plants communicate. “Plants are stuck where they are, so they communicate with microbes that are in the soil, water, and air and recruit them in,” Doty told the magazine. “It’s a partnership.” Read the story and learn more about how plants communicate to thrive in their environments.