by Duarte

futurist-foresight:

An unusual botanical discovery in how seeds recognize other neighboring seed types.

emergentfutures:

Plant ‘telepathy’ breakthrough

At the University of Western Australia (UWA), researchers recently found that seeds recognise “good” or “bad” neighbouring seeds – even when there is a plastic sheet between them.

And in the United Kingdom, researchers have found that plants also maintain sophisticated underground signalling networks through mycorrhizal fungi.

If a plant is attacked by a pest, the attack is telegraphed to other plants connected by the fungi. Those “alerted” plants can then produce repellent compounds ahead of the pests’ arrival.

Full Story: The Land

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