Plants Use Sound Waves to Communicate With Each Other

A study published in BMC Ecology shows that plants can communicate with each other using “nano-mechanical” sound waves. They use these signals to encourage each other to grow, and to keep track of where spatially another plant may need room. The sound vibrations signal the other plant where they are and to grow accordingly.

Scientists at the University of Western Australia found that even when they isolated two “paired” plants from light, scent and touch the plants were still able to communicate with each other. When they planted a chili pepper next to a basil plant, and then separated them from all known methods of plant interaction, the chili plant still grew as if it knew the basil was there.

Cleve Baxter, the polygraph scientist who did controversial experiments with plants, showed that plants could sense human intentions and communicate. Gardeners have known for centuries that certain plant pairings, such as basil and tomato, encourage plant growth and health. Now researchers hope that these new findings will help scientists increase crop yields in the future.

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| by Cheryl Shainmark

Not too long ago The New York Times ran an article, Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious? The new evidence that plants have a type of “conscious,” joins a host of other research indicating that plants are intelligent, understand where they are in space, respond to threats and obstacles, and communicate with each other. We’ve known for years that plants grow faster and lusher when you play the right music or speak nicely to them, but now there is evidence that plants form memories. Does that mean they remember that you were kind to them? And what does it mean now to eat them? What, if any, are the moral or ethical implications?

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