22 Mar '12, 4am

Noise Pollution Makes It Harder For Plants to Have Sex

Noise Pollution Makes It Harder For Plants to Have Sex

Aside from a gentle rustling in the breeze or the occasional creaking bough, trees are generally nature's strong and silent types -- and as it turns out, they'd probably prefer us to keep the noise to a minimum too. According to some rather surprising results of a new study on the effects of excessive industrial ruckus on flora, even plants are apparently feeling the squeeze from human-generated noise pollution. Researchers from North Carolina's National Evolutionary Synthesis Center recently discovered that, despite an absence of ears, plant life cycles are being negatively impacted by persistent loud noises in their neighborhoods, reports the BBC . The team set their sights (and sounds) on a patch of New Mexico forest home to a number of clamorous gas wells and soon learned that the noise pollution made it harder for trees to have sex -- because it deterred their reprodu...

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