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Science 101: Do plants communicate?

by: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

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Oh yes. Sometimes their conversation is flowery, sometimes not. Plants with problems try to converse and get to the root of the problem, but if not, they have been known to stalk one another. This often creates a situation where one plant leaves town, reputation soiled. But seriously, folks … Plants do communicate with other plants and organisms as well as with insects, although it’s unlikely they use lame puns about plant parts. In this column, the author discusses this communication with separate categories: communication within a plant, communication between plants, communication between plants and insects, and communication between plants and insects together.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2009Stock # sc09_046_06_61Volume 046Issue 06

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