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More on Plant Rights and Plant Communication…

October 28, 2012

Here’s another interesting article from NPR, part of a growing vein of studies and reports on plant communication… And for some follow up reading, here’s a link to other articles I’ve posted recently on the same and related topics…

Recognizing The Right Of Plants To Evolve


If proposals calling for rights for animals are on the table, why not rights for other living things? Plants, for instance.

After all, plants can sometimes exhibit humanlike behavior. And we’re not just talking about the butterwort-flytrap hybrid in The Little Shop of Horrors. Some plants respond well to music. Some “smell” other plants. Still others seem to shrink away when touched.

Plants display remedial types of memory and possess “anoetic consciousness” — the ability of an organism to sense and to react to stimulation — writes Daniel Chamovitz in his 2012 book, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses.

And, according to recent reports from a research team led by Australian biologist Monica Gagliano, some plants (such as chili peppers) may be able to “hear” other plants (such as sweet fennel). “We know that plants recognize what is growing next to them,” Gagliano says in the University of Western Australia’s University News. “There is chemical communication between them. Plants can warn other plants of a predator by releasing a chemical, and the warned plants can release chemicals to make themselves unpalatable to the predator.”

She says, “I think we might realize that plants are more sensitive than we think.”

Sensitive enough to deserve rights? Some people think so.

Read the full article, Recognizing The Right Of Plants to Evolve at NPR.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 29, 2012 10:08:15 pm

    Great piece… And more recent fascinating studies of dying trees releasing their nutrients to younger, healthier tree root systems. There’s much we have yet to learn….

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