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Old 06-12-2017, 09:32 PM   #1
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I finished this book earlier today and tonight began to read it again from the beginning. It's the best book on plants I've read in years, and it leaves the reader smiling from the newly gained knowledge of just how intelligent and capable the plant world is. Trees feed and talk with neighboring trees, and if one gets ill, the others around it of the same species will feed it and even give it water. Trees of differing species also help one another at times and in certain situations.

The book also tells about the relationship trees have with the insect world, and how they are able to communicate with predator insects like wasps by way of pheromones to help them rid themselves of insects eating their leaves. They communicate with other trees, also, when attacked by insects, and the warned start producing toxic sap that makes the leaves unpalatable.

I highly recommend this one. As I think of each individual still regularly active here, I think to myself how much you would all love this book. Here's an article about it:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/w...works-too.html
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #2
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creating too much space between trees can disconnect them from their networks, stymieing some of their inborn resilience mechanisms
I wonder if this is true for trees of different genus and/or family.
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Thanks Jack. I will search it out very soon.
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I wonder if this is true for trees of different genus and/or family.
It's mostly true for same family of trees, but there are exceptions, as when unrelated trees help one another in order to perpetuate the relative protection from high winds that a forest provides. If trees begin to succumb to a problem, the space vacated will effect the surrounding trees adversely. Hence, a beech could support a sugar maple, a yellow birch, or vice versa, etc. He does mention some trees that do well as loners; nevertheless, most trees perform astoundingly better if planted with a few others of the same kind. Hence, for instance, three beech trees planted rather closely together will thoroughly outperform a single beech; indeed, if one of the three is planted in markedly poorer soil, say in the back fill of a newly constructed house, the other two that were planted in long undisturbed soil will supplement the nutrition and moisture of the misplaced one, and all three will grow at the same pace, as long as they are not planted too far from one another. Amazing!!! No wonder trees have been around for millions of years!!!
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Thanks Jack. I will search it out very soon.
I was thinking of you especially, Gloria, as I was reading it. You will love this book!
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This is amazing!
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This is amazing!
Dap, you've gotta read this book!!!
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I was thinking of you especially, Gloria, as I was reading it. You will love this book!
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Glad to see you obtained it. Please comment on it when you have read it!!!
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