The Forest in the Tree


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The Forest in the Tree
How Fungi Shape the Earth
By Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti

Hardback | September 2020
ISBN: 9781486313310 | 48 pages | 230 x 230 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour illustrations

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.

  • A beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, created in collaboration with scientists.
  • Engages children in the invisible world of microbes.
  • ‘The Science Behind the Story’ section allows for deeper exploration of the scientific concepts underpinning the story.