Recommendations – episode 067

  • The Hidden Life of Trees – by Peter Wohllben

Forester and author Peter Wohlleben believes  the forest is a social network. He draws on ground breaking 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.

Trees live on a different time scale than us. The trees in forests are slow growers. One of the oldest trees in the world, in Sweden, is over 9,500 years old. Trees also pass electrical impulses to each other. Some trees release a chemical in the air, warning other tress of danger. This allows the other trees to release toxic chemicals to protect themselves.

 

  • Madness Toured Melbourne – 2017

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