The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

Hardcover, 288 pages

English language

Published Jan. 24, 2016 by Greystone Books.

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In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind …

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Borrowed this from Libby on a whim.

A tad too much wishful thinking and anthropomorphism for my liking. You can tell the author sees his forest's beeches like his own darling children. I admire his passion, but to me, claiming that plants have feelings and such very much diminishes how informative this book would be otherwise.

Still, I appreciated the information on the Wood Wide Web, which I intend to do more reading on.

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