Plants have sense of hearing!

Will you believe me if I say that plants can communicate with each other? Yes! It’s true! They have the sense of hearing! Interesting, right?  Based on a recent research, it is found that few plants can talk with their own roots through some ticking sounds. Scientists have recorded the ticking sounds made by a young maize plant while communicating with its own root. This recording is done with the help of laser Doppler machine that can measure even, micro vibrations.  Soon after, when these plants were exposed to the same sounds, they bend their roots towards the sounds. It was already proved that plants can respond to light and they also make use of some chemicals to converse with other plants when there is a danger. So, does that mean plants have ears and hearing abilities? Scientists say ‘yes!!’


On the other hand, they may not have ears that are similar to human beings. They are something different and they use their hearing power as a channel for communication. Research tells that plants consume less energy when they communicate through sounds rather than communicating with the help of some chemicals. You may wonder what these plants will talk to each other. You will be surprised to know the facts that they talk about. They discuss about sharing their existing growing space, they talk about different ways to spread their roots etc. isn’t that amazing? Indeed, sound act as an effectual broadcasting channel for instant signaling that is used to even adjust the crowding of new roots. As early as 1960, scientists have predicted that plants are capable of more than what we imagine. Polygraph tests discovered that plants have emotions like humans.


Some scientists confidently say that plants have the capability to interpret human mind. Around January 2012, a research team of Oxford University declared that both pea and grass plants have the power to prophesy the upcoming danger for other plants that are in close proximity. Once, a few plants that were nearby had severe water shortage. As the neighboring plants had water shortage, these pea and grass plants purposely closed their pores in their leaves. Later, when they came to know that the neighboring plants are safe (that they had sufficient water), they opened their pores again. This amazing information had been published in the research paper named “Trends in plant science”.


A significant amount of proofs that is burgeoning from modern-day research in plant science recognizes plants as extremely receptive organisms. Plants can distinguish, evaluate, cooperate and even smooth the progress of other plant’s lives by energetically gathering information from their surroundings. Greater part of this research has majorly covered 2 scientific areas, for example between chemistry and ecology. One winning example of such interdisciplinary amalgamation is ‘chemical ecology’. This study had advanced the understanding of plants to a greater extent by presenting their remarkably ‘chatty’ character and the persuasive variety of their unstable verbal communication.


Likewise, scientists think that several other multi-disciplinary researches are needed for discovering the practical, environmental and of course, the evolutionary importance of auditory communication in the plants lives. Researchers also say that advanced research in acoustic technicalities and functioning of plants will drastically alter our perceptive about plants and it also paves way for new concept and viewpoints on plant communication.

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