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Watch what you say around your houseplants — they can probably hear you, and they might even be talking about you. The idea that plants communicate with each other is normally based in science-fiction or fantasy, but new research out of The University of Western Australia reveals that this actually may be the case.
UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Monica Gagliano has discovered that our green friends not only react to sounds, but they can also communicate with each other via “clicking noises.”
The team’s research, published in the leading international journal Trends in Plant Science, concludes that the discovery of plant communication needs serious investigation as it “leaves serious gaps (in) our current understanding of the sensory and communicatory complexity of these organisms.” Gagliano also added that ”it is very likely that some form of sensitivity to sound and vibrations also plays an important role in the life of plants.”
So if you notice your houseplants leaning towards you, it could be because they enjoy the sound of your dulcet tones.
Plants Can ‘Talk’ To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots
may be the case.
Together, these findings beg the question: which other determinants may be operating to facilitate recognition? We do not know yet what mechanism(s) may be mediating such responses.
We believe that the hypothesis that magnetic fields may be used to convey information at close-range is a testable option worth exploring. Additionally, sound may be another modality by which plants exchange information.
The study found plants from the same species of beach-dwelling wildflower grew aggressively alongside unrelated neighbors but were less competitive when they shared soil with their siblings.
Sea rocket, a North American species, showed more vigorous root growth when planted in pots with strangers than when raised with relatives from the same maternal family, the study found.
This is an example of kin selection, a behavior common in animals in which closely related individuals take a group approach to succeeding in their environment, the researchers said.
Kin selection also applies to competition, the scientists added, because if family members compete less with each other, the group will do better overall.
"Everywhere you look, plants are growing right up next to other plants," Dudley said.
Usually it's a case of each plant for itself, she said.
Originally posted by elevenaugust
... but I just thought it could be an interesting research line to follow.
Originally posted by Treespeaker
Thabks for the article. I love things along these lines.
Imagine vegans that cant eat anything once they realize plants are aware and awake.
Originally posted by CrimsonKapital
reply to post by elevenaugust
If you think about it plants have been around since the Silurian Period over 445 million years ago. If plants have been constantly evolving and adapting for 445 million years, then they must have developed a level of intelligence?
We think that just because they can't move, or talk like we do than they are unintelligent. But a species that has existed for far longer than anyother on Earth, what if they have developed their own sense of communication that we do not understand?
edit on 15-6-2012 by CrimsonKapital because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
reply to post by elevenaugust
I was watching a documentary the other day where they showed how some plants could communicate via the release of gaseous chemicals which travel through the air and warn neighboring plants that danger is nearby. They may have more than just one communication method imo...edit on 15/6/2012 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)