plants can “even ‘hear’ the sound of water running” …

Welcome to our new overlords. New research uncovers the fascinating senses and abilities of flora.

A LOOK AT the intelligence of plants. Posted at 8:02 pm by Glenn Reynolds

Plants have evolved between fifteen and twenty distinct senses, including analogues of our five: smell and taste (they sense and respond to chemicals in the air or on their bodies); sight (they react differently to various wavelengths of light as well as to shadow); touch (a vine or a root “knows” when it encounters a solid object); and, it has been discovered, sound. In a recent experiment, Heidi Appel, a chemical ecologist at the University of Missouri, found that, when she played a recording of a caterpillar chomping a leaf for a plant that hadn’t been touched, the sound primed the plant’s genetic machinery to produce defense chemicals. Another experiment, done in Mancuso’s lab and not yet published, found that plant roots would seek out a buried pipe through which water was flowing even if the exterior of the pipe was dry, which suggested that plants somehow “hear” the sound of flowing water….

Read it all … Yes, Ficus species (figs) always seem to know where the water pipes are.

The more I get involved with my present lifestyle, working with plants, the more interesting it gets. The possibilities seem endless.website - 196

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Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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