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The socially savvy tree

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Science  16 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6305, pp. 1214
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5034

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Who has not looked at a tree, outwardly static yet clearly full of activity, and wished for a translator to help us better understand its inner life? German forester Peter Wohlleben seeks to fill that role in his new book, The Hidden Life of Trees, which last year became a surprise best seller in Germany and is now being released in English. Trees, Wohlleben argues, are intelligent and community minded and—this being the digital age—socially networked.