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Plants use acoustic signaling to communicate…

May 10, 2013

This is another article reference recent research at the University of W. Australia in plant communication. For a related article I posted a few days ago on the same subject, see this link: Plants talk via non-chemical vibrations

If you don’t want to read the article below, here are the essential concluding remarks… “”Plants are more complex organisms than we’ve given them credit for”…  An apt summary.

 

Plants might be able to eavesdrop on their neighbors and use the sounds they “hear” to guide their own growth, according to a new study that suggests plants use acoustic signaling to communicate with one another.

“We have shown that plants can recognize when a good neighbor is growing next to them,” said study co-author Monica Gagliano, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Western Australia.

“We are proposing that this communication may be based upon an acoustic exchange.”

The findings, published this week in the journal BMC Ecology, suggest that plants can not only “smell” the chemicals and “see” the reflected light of their neighbors, they may also “listen” to the plants around them.

Read the full article here, at National Geographic News.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 12, 2013 10:08:28 pm

    Like humans…our neighbour Frank has a desire to defoliate the universe…I am SURE he tries to listen to what we are up to because we are the “neighbourhood reprobates” that leave piles of debris to defoliate and protect the soil, we never burn off our branches and our chooks run free! I guess plants are like humans😉 (would that make us “weeds”?!😉 )

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