04 Apr '12, 6am

Plants Can Actually Talk to Each Other, Say Researchers

In a world awash in sounds, plants have long been reliable purveyors of silence. But as it turns out, they've been talking behind our backs this whole time. According to the findings of a remarkable new study from the University of Western Australia , evidence suggests that plants are not as deaf and dumb as was once thought. Researcher Monica Gagliano discovered that plants regularly reacted to and emitted sounds through a series of 'clicks' produced by their roots -- and that the inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. "Everyone knows that plants react to light, and scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other - for instance, when danger , such as a herbivore, approaches," say Gagliano, as reported by Australian Geographic . "I was working one day in my herb garden and started to wonder if maybe plants were ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/plants-actuall...

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