The Hidden Life of Trees

November 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Media, Nature, Science | 5 Comments
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My father was a forest scientist, professor, and conservationist with an expertise in tree disease. While I didn’t follow in his footsteps, I’ve maintained a love of the forest.

Forest science has evolved considerably in recent years in ways that many people are unaware of.

The Hidden Life of Trees is the best-selling book by forester Peter Wohlleben. Here, the author, Dr. Suzanne Simard, and Dr Teresa Smhayetsk talk about how trees support each other, including other species, but know friends and family.
(from a longer DVD Intelligent Trees)

(video taken down)

Dr. Suzanne Simard is a western Canadian forest scientist who explains in a TED talk how trees communicate. This includes an underground network for transporting signals and sharing nutrients.

On YouTube

And here the author Wohlleben is interviewed, also mentioning the “wood wide web” and wheat “talking” at about 220 Hz.

On YouTube

And if you’ve not seen it, The Man Who Planted Trees. An old favorite.

(video taken down – other channels have it)


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  1. Hi David, I’ve never ‘seen’ this book, but a dear friend gave me a copy many years ago, and it is one of my favourite books; thanks for posting this beautiful animation of it!


    • You’re very welcome. Being a film fan, I’m more likely to ‘see’ such books. 🙂

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  2. Another clip The Silent Friends


  3. What a lovely post you have here David! I just saw this, and thought you might appreciate it.


    • Thanks, Chris. And thanks for posting the lovely clip. A nice little summary from the BBC.


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