Trees are essential. They provide water, shelter, and food for millions of plant and animal species, including humans. They deliver proven health benefits, and they capture and store carbon, which combats climate change. Yet trees are in trouble. Forests are struggling to adapt to climate change, and deforestation is a major threat.
Recently, researchers and citizen scientists made the surprising revelation that trees communicate with each other through an underground system of soil fungi and other methods. Complex social networks help trees survive and thrive by transferring resources to each other, sending defense signals, communicating with their kin, and more. Meet the tree scientists and learn more of their fascinating discoveries.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Melissa Koch is a writer and inventor of digital learning environments for children, educators, and adults. She specializes in materials that encourage women and youth from diverse backgrounds to pursue their dreams in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her STEM curricula activities have received recognition from the National Science Foundation, Whitehouse Science Fair, PBS, and others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, son, and Labrador retriever. She dreams of creating a 3D printer that can print both wood and metal to fix her favorite antique furniture and bicycle.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reconnecting With Trees 4
Chapter 1 Our Trees, Our Life 12
Chapter 2 Healthy Trees, Healthy Humans 22
Chapter 3 Trees Talk to One Another 32
Chapter 4 The Forest Canopy's Cry For Help 50
Chapter 5 Listening to Forests 64
Conclusion: Next Steps 78
Source Notes 86
Selected Bibliography 90
Further Information 91