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The Hidden Life of Trees

The Illustrated Edition
Hardcover Book
Greystone Books
September, 2018
$45.00 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. And this breathtakingly  illustrated edition brings those wonders to life.

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

Also by Peter Wohlleben are The Inner Life of Animals and The Weather Detective. Today he manages a forest academy and an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests.

Publisher’s Description: 

A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests.

In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.

With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, large-format photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Wohllebens message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through rich language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the wood wide web, the difficult life lessons learned in tree school, the hard-working natural cleanup crews that recycle dying trees, and much more. Beautiful images provide the perfect complement to Wohllebens words, with striking close-ups of bark and seeds, panoramas of vast expanses of green, and a unique look at what is believed to be the oldest tree on the planet.

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