Gallery: New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil


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A new study conducted by Dr. David Johnson at the University of Aberdeen found that plants actually communicate with one another through the soil. The study shows that when vegetables are infected with certain diseases, they alert other nearby plants to activate genes to ward off the disease when it heads their way. The key to this communication is a soil fungus that acts as a messenger.

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  1. greenvitals May 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I once saw a show on Nature, where I think they said trees signal, with chemical communication through the air, to each other in Africa if they are under attack by herds of animals – like too many grazers.

    It was a long time ago, but I think they said the trees start to make their leaves more bitter or poisoning, to stop the eating. I remember the point of the show was that the plant world has all sots of ways of defending itself.

  2. jabailo August 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    What do plants say to each other?

    “Hey, buddy, can you stop passing so much oxygen, we’re dying out here!”

  3. Ed R July 18, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Underground signals carried through common mycelial networks warn neighbouring plants of aphid attack;jsessionid=CF6D8143570CD798EA21D1B3BB4CE6F1.d03t01

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