The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate : Discoveries From A Secret World

Book - 2016
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Are trees social beings? Forester and author Peter Wohlleben makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He 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. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC, Canada :, David Suzuki Institute :, Greystone Books Ltd,, [2016]
Edition: English edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781771642484
1771642483
9780670089345
Characteristics: xv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Anahida
Oct 10, 2017

I never got to finish this book, since there were people waiting for it, but I read enough of it to see that it is a fascinating revelation about trees and how they communicate with each other, and live in community. I would like to borrow it again and read it through sometime.

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 incredibly detailed book that literally looks at all aspects of a tree and it's relationship with its environment, that I had to take a few breaks between some chapters to digest all the information that was being imparted. I would recommend this to anyone, for even if you read just one chapter, I feel that you will learn much and will look at trees with a little more wonder.

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glotet
Sep 16, 2017

The writing flows smoothly as the author gives scientific information couched in a story like setting. Having had the advantage of living much of my life close to forests and an abundance of tree life, made it easy for me to relate to his style which other readers found annoying. A few exquisite drawings of trees - just wish there had been more. A bonus is research information done by a BC researcher.
As one continues to read, say about Chapter 16, we are informed about the role of trees in the ecosystem.
Looking forward to the next book written by this accomplished author.
***Don't hesitate to put this book on hold as it comes faster than you would expect, probably because some people just glance through it.

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blueroo276
Aug 08, 2017

Annoyingly anthropomorphized. Seems much more touchy-feely than scientific.

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capitalcity
Jul 28, 2017

On rare occasions, randomly or by choice, a book is read that alters irretrievably the construct of one's daily existence. There is no going back. To wit, Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of TREES. Simply stated, the illumination of this formerly hidden realm means blithely taking trees for granted no longer presents itself as an option. Respect, if not awe, is front and center. Instead of fleeting, unfocused glances at trees while walking, now my gaze lingers. Contemplation. As the author states "- only people who understand trees are capable of protecting them."

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mclarjh
Jun 21, 2017

The author makes emotional, rather than scientific, arguments about trees and forests. Entertaining if unsubstantiated claims.

scissorsnglue Jun 07, 2017

I looked forward to this book as it had such good reviews and it doesn't disappoint. I'm very interested in ecosystems and soil bacteria and this book just adds another layer to the picture for me. Some astounding things go on in the plant world.

debwalker Apr 16, 2017

Calling all tree huggers! Yes. We are many. Recommended by local hero Mark Cullen.

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TootinMoose
Apr 12, 2017

I read this for a change of pace. The author initially comes across as a little bit of a nut job. However, by balancing scientific research and personal experience, he manages to make a strong case for appreciating trees. Last summer I hiked the Continental Divide Trail and was amazed with some of the trees. If I had read this book beforehand, my appreciation would've been much deeper.

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daysleeper236
Apr 03, 2017

Fascinating, engaging and enlightening.

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m0mmyl00
Feb 23, 2017

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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sky123
Jul 18, 2017

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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