Trees Are Social Beings

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The next time you’re in the woods— or even in your backyard—listen, observe, and see if you can discover the trees “whispering” to each other.

In The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World, German forest ranger Peter Wohlleben shares the science behind the social behavior of trees. 

From a New York Times piece on Wohlleben:

Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news—long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.

Wohllenben's book sounds absolutely fascinating, and we’ll be sure to get the English translation scheduled for release this September. 

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