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Thu May 18, 2017, 10:31 AM

A must read book The Hidden Life of Trees.

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/europe/german-forest-ranger-finds-that-trees-have-social-networks-too.html

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Reply A must read book The Hidden Life of Trees. (Original post)
Botany May 2017 OP
Bayard May 2017 #1
Botany May 2017 #2
dixiegrrrrl May 2017 #4
NRaleighLiberal May 2017 #3
hibbing Jun 2017 #5

Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:39 AM

1. Interesting

I only read the article, but a couple questions, Botany. Don't trees just follow the sun, to stay away from one another's shade? Making some weird shapes sometimes because of it? As for roots, aren't they just following the path of least resistance?

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Thu May 18, 2017, 10:46 AM

2. Much more complex behaviors and the "talk to each other" too.

In British Columbia they have found out that Douglas Fir and Birches
talk to and feed each other.

In Germany the author found out that beech trees were keeping the
stump of the "mother tree" alive more then 100 years after the main
body of the tree had fallen.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:23 PM

4. I have heard about this. It makes me very happy.

Learned something interesting a few months ago.
we live where a powerful hurricane passed thru in 2004. Many trees in our region are leaning, to various degrees. One tall hickory near the corner of my house has a 15 degree lean, and yet has remained healthy
and "upright" for 13 years now.
Come to find out...when trees develop a lean, they produce special wood cells that are very strong, like cement, so to speak, and that holds the leaning part more firmly.
also, it does help that down here that wild grape and Ivy and a bunch of other climbing vines grow up trees.

thanks for the link, botany.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:57 AM

3. Loved it!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 11:22 PM

5. I've see this at the library

It's on my book list. Have you read Botany of Desire? I would describe it as more anthropological, but it really was a great book.


Peace

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