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Ecosystems, plants and animals: books to understand nature – Books – Insights


When spring comes, weather is good and temperatures are mild, even non-greenery buffs feel the urge to spend more time outdoors, in city parks or in seascape. or mountain. This year, unfortunately it is not always possible to take long trips; However, this need to move away from artificial reality can be conveyed, as well as in open spaces near home, towards readings that explain how certain aspects of nature work.

There are many popular essays dedicated to the description of the mechanisms that govern organisms’ kingdoms and their relationships. Based on special perspectives and recent scientific discoveries, they often offer surprising views about the reality around us. Therefore, choosing them as the next reading does not mean brushing off concepts learned in natural history textbooks or desks, but letting yourself be guided by suggested stories that experts he paints a picture of what we can say that we know nature today.

For example, it arose from these premises The invisible web of nature of the Peter Wohlleben (Garzanti, Paola Rumi translation). Wohlleben, a former ranger, recounts surprising ways in which plants, animals and other living organisms contribute to the regulation of natural phenomena and environments, in a continuous cycle of mutual influence. necessary for the survival of all species. A book to help understand that man is part of the network from which he cannot escape, not the top of the pyramid he is capable of controlling.

The overview is also what it offers Gaia. New ideas about ecology of the James Lovelock, (Bollati Boringhieri, Vania Landucci Bassan translation) is available now with preface by Telmo Pievani. First published in 1979, this book is one of the first to outline a vision of planet Earth as a single entity capable of self-adjusting through processes involved. both living and inanimate, thus marking a historical part of ecology.

To understand the relationships that develop on Earth, the concept of ecosystems is fundamental, it is also based on ecological reflections, on the relationships between humans and the environment and on the relationships between fish. multiply. Here’s why it can be a fun topic to explore even for kids: the book with illustrations The miracles of the earth of the Rachel ignored (Salani, Isabella Polli’s translation), for example, allows boys and girls to travel to explore very different places, such as the coral reefs and the Arctic Circle, and explore what they do. together.

An essential component of the exchanges that regulate our planet are plants. The botanist Stefano Mancuso is among researchers dedicated to talking about these amazing life forms. Neither The amazing journey of plants for example, it explains why it is incorrect to regard plants as “motionless”: their way of movement is simply different from that of animals, and involves adventurous journeys of land and air. and seed water, information containers.

The inability to “move” is not the only common misconception about plants: according to popular belief, vegetables are symbols of lack of emotional perception, while a cognitive form (albeit (different from animals) is fundamental to their existence. In essay The mind of the plant. An introduction to plant psychology by Umberto Castiello (Il Mulino), explaining why we can talk about the “senses” of the plant world, the ways plants perceive reality around them and the channels they use to communication.

Less considered as plants and animals, but equally fascinating, is the kingdom of fungi. To say that we find, for example, essays Hidden order. The secret life of mushrooms, written by biologist Merlin Sheldrake (Marsilio, translation by Anita Taroni and Stefano Travagli). Reading it, you can explore the infinite diversity these organisms manifest themselves and their ability to communicate with plants and create collaborative networks, then come back to the topic of ecosystems, in which Mushrooms are often an irreplaceable part.

Even in the field of mythology there is no shortage of discoveries and curiosity. Ants cut leaves, written by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson (translated by Isabella C. Blum for Adelphi) is one of the essays describing the reality of a single animal and the survival strategies it develops and perfect in the process of living on Earth. . A book that surprises by describing stratified societies, distinctive forms of communication, and the amazing ability to change environments without mentioning people.

You cannot understand the animal kingdom without talking about evolution, a phenomenon described in detail in Great adaptation of the Kenneth Catania (translated by Gianna Cernuschi for Bollati Boringhieri). This essay covers seven evolutionary strategies that have been found to be the reason for many of the singular animal traits. The author rediscover the path that has led researchers to develop these evolutionary hypotheses through observation, in an indispensable direction that excites the reader’s research spirit.



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