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I promise you will have your mind blown. It reads like a collection of short stories - each fascinating on its own - with one overarching theme: boy have we underestimated plants.
“Plants use fragrances to communicate above and below ground. With a language of “fragrances”, they warn each other of pests and drought and purposefully attract beneficial insects. They coordinate their own behaviour and engage in lively relationships with the environment and peers. Not only do plants support relatives, harass strangers, and make alliances, they also learn from and remember their experiences. Information and nutrients are exchanged among plants through a vast, underground root and fungal networks – a plant internet of unimaginable size.
This fantastic world of plants has drawn me under its spell and is my reason for embarking on a journey to find people working to uncover the secrets of plants.
I have met researchers studying the striking abilities of plants for language by analysing plant hormones and fragrances. Following rigorous standards of academia, their experiments with leaf-eating robots have identified over one hundred fragrances used in communication by the lima bean. I visited researchers examining the complex relationship networks in soil. Their evidence shows that the millet does in fact feed neighbouring flax plants with sugar compounds. Other researchers discovered that plants respond to sound waves produced by chewing caterpillars and defend themselves. Are plants really capable of listening?
Many scientists regard the plant as a type of biological automaton with pre-programmed, genetically determined reactions. With many recent discoveries, however, such explanations can no longer suffice. A plant is more than an automaton, and we are just at the beginning of this journey to find out just how much more.
New findings are slowly filling the gaps in our ecologically based world view. This suggests that everything is in one way or another linked with everything else; nothing works in an isolated way; and genes do not in fact play an overarching role in the processes of life. Thanks to unprejudiced observation and improved analytical tools and experiments, we are gaining insights into the species-appropriate animal husbandry. Do not plants deserve respect and rights also?”
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