Social Networks in the Woods
Social networks are synonymous with human lifestyle. It has never before associated with the forest as nobody has ever imagined how this is possible. However, according to Peter Wohlleben, a long time German forest ranger, there exist trees social networks in the forests. This is well documented in his book “The Surprise Hidden Life of Trees” which continues to top bestseller list. Mr. Wohlleben discoveries have elicited a change of perception among the readers and influenced how they perceive life in the forests. Thousands of readers had admitted a total change of behaviour when in the woods and adopted a new approach of handling trees bearing in mind of the scientific interconnectedness showcased by Mr. Wohlleben in his book.
Trees are Rational Decision Makers and Have Feelings
Typically, you have observed tree branches pointing away from each other and might have thought maybe it is due to the weight of the thick stems supporting the leaves influencing the change of direction. This might not be true in light of Mr. Wohlleben discoveries. He argued that tree branches do so to avoid blocking their buddy’s light. They are concerned about the well-being of their neighbor and would not deny them their fair share of nature’s providence.
Human beings have always displayed unbreakable relationship with their partners or their children. This is why you have heard and witnessed one partner’s death quickly lead to the sudden death of another which is associated with strong emotional connections and the shock of dealing with the loss. Similarly, some tree pairs are deeply interconnected at the roots, and when one tree dies, the remaining follows.
The German forest ranger discoveries pointed out of the existence of a communal system in the woods. There is communal belonging in the woods. Trees work together in a unique network and share resources. They equally demonstrate some form of resistance especially when incorrectly spaced away from each other. They quickly dry up together as a show of solidarity.
Human Functionality among Trees
Wohlleben labeled trees as social beings due to their ability to perform some of the many acts associated with human beings and not before imaged of forests beauties. Trees can count, nurse sick neighbors, remember and talk to each other through sending electrical-like signals across a fungal network known as ��wood wide web’ about imminent danger. Also, they care for their sick friends through feeding then sugar solutions via the roots. This explains why you are likely to notice tree stumps lasting for ages.The existence of strong trees social networks best explains the richness in forests.
Article Credits: “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too”