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By KARL MARTINEZ, age 10

A German scientist named Peter Wohllenben discovered something special about a forest of beech trees. He realized that the branches never overlap so that they do not block the light from neighboring trees. In other words, it appears that trees look out for each other. The “wood wide web” is a way that plants communicate from miles away. Thread-like fungi connect the roots of trees so they can count, learn and warn each other of danger. If one tree starts to die, the other trees can even share their nutrients and give it the power to keep growing.