by Duarte


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


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.

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