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The Forest in the Tree

How Fungi Shape the Earth

Aviva Reed Briony Barr Gregory Crocetti Ailsa Wild



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CSIRO Publishing
01 September 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the latest in the excellent 'Small Friends Books' which aim to share with youngsters the importance and beauty of the microscopic world. First there's a simple story told by a glomus fungus, from its beginnings as a spore on the forest floor, through to its association with other microcreatures and a particular tree (in this case a Theobroma, or cacao tree) and then an entire forest community. This is followed by a section on the science behind the story, which goes into much more detail. The illustrations are high quality depictions of the players and connections underground and in the factual section a mix of photographs, drawings and diagrams. A fabulous book that uncovers some of the mysteries of the plant/fungi world, and does so with wonder and deep knowledge! Lindy Jones

Age range 8 to 12 This is a story about trees and fungi connected through a 'wood wide web' - told by one tiny fungal spore.

A little fungus meets a baby cacao tree and they learn to feed each other. They cooperate with a forest of plants and a metropolis of microbes in the soil. But when drought strikes can they work together to survive?

The fourth book in the Small Friends Books series, this science-adventure story explores the Earth-shaping partnerships between plants, fungi and bacteria.
By:   Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Ailsa Wild
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Volume:   4
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   436g
ISBN:   9781486313310
ISBN 10:   1486313310
Series:   Small Friends Books
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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