Finding The Mother Tree. Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

Free online talk with author Suzanne Simard on 7 May 2021@12 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. CEST 

A forest is much more than what you see. 

Over 30 years of research in Canadian forests by Forest Ecology professor Suzanne Simard has revealed that trees talk, often and over vast distances. 

Trees share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals. 

The fungi networks move water, carbon and nutrients such as nitrogen between and among trees as well as across species. These complex, symbiotic networks in our forests mimic our own neural and social networks. 

In her eye-opening debut, “Finding The Mother Tree. Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest”, Suzanne Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she illuminates the fascinating and vital truths – that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own. 

In her book, in which she artfully blends science and memoir, Simard writes how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; are able to identify which saplings they are related to; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies – and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

Wanna hear more? Join Suzanne Simard on a free talk on Fri 7 May 2021@12 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. CEST, where she will discuss her first book:

A walk in the forest will never be the same again! Marjolein

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