The Hidden Life of Trees
What They Feel, How They Communicate : Discoveries From A Secret WorldBook - 2016
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SPL_Brittany Sep 28, 2017
A magical book that mixes storytelling and fact seamlessly. Wohllhben writes a book that reflects his wonder and awe of the natural world and his passion for forests and the trees that comprise them with immense detail. For someone whose background is not in this field, I found this to be an incr... Read More »
SPL_Sonya May 05, 2017
A best seller enjoyed by those who like reading about science and nature.
SPL_Shauna Nov 22, 2016
For any readers of science writing who want a bit more magic in their world, this book is just the thing. The author's deep love for forests drives him to seek the truly weird science allowing trees to survive and thrive in communities. Written with tenderness and a joy in discovery, this book is... Read More »
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I had to wait for a long time for this book, so I felt a little compelled to read the whole thing. I didn't though; certainly no reflection on its value, but rather on my interest in the subject. It was written by a man who obviously knows a great deal and cares deeply about trees and forests. He delivered information in an anthropomorphic manner, talking about trees taking care of their offspring, warning other trees about predators, being lonely if they are the only one of their kind, etc. The approach was very charming and I was amazed at their communication with each other and social interdependency. Nevertheless, I gave myself permission to close the book about half way through. Maybe because the idea that trees are living beings, sentient in their own way, was not alien to me in the first place. Maybe because there are a number of other books on my shelf that I am eager to get into.
So, I did go back and finish it. My ultimate assessment is that there is much scientific information about trees -- too much for me to remember. What I took away is the trees are not that different from animals (and humans).
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Whether they are thick or thin, all members of the same species are using light to produce the same amount of sugar per leaf. This equalization is taking place underground through the roots. There's obviously a lively exchange going on down there. Whoever has an abundance of sugar hands some over; whoever is running short gets help. Once again, fungi are involved. Their enormous networks act as gigantic redistribution mechanisms. It's a bit like the way social security systems operate to ensure individual members of society don't fall too far behind. p.15-6
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