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The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Greystone Books
 | 
September, 2016
ISBN:
9781771642484
In stock now: 
13
$29.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In The Hidden Life of Trees, a forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other. It’s a powerful reminder to slow down and tune into the language of nature.

In this international bestseller (first published in Germany) forester Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families; tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. With their newfound understanding of the delightfully complex life of trees, readers will never be able to look at a walk in the woods the same way again.

He convincingly makes the case that the forest is a social network. And it’s been around long before humans arrived.

A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods. Scientific research aimed to understanding the astonishing abilities of this partnership between fungi and plant has only just begun.
 

The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other. —Tim Flannery, from the foreword

“A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being.” —Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

“Soon after we begin to recognize trees for what they are—gigantic beings thriving against incredible odds for hundreds of years—we naturally come to ask, ‘How do they do it?’ This charming book tells how.” —Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl

Publisher’s Description: 

If you read this book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you, too. Tim Flannery

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families; tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. With their newfound understanding of the delightfully complex life of trees, readers will never be able to look at a walk in the woods the same way again.

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