Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Research shows plants can communicate with each other

A joint UCSD and Kyoto University study found sagebrush plants were able to communicate to others when they were in danger. (Discover) Basically, researchers simulated the damage an herbivore (like a locust) would make to one plant in a colony, and then watched over time as the other plants would "prepare themselves for an herbivore attack."

How did the plants communicate? That remains a mystery. But researchers think "it might have been through chemical signals."

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