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Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots
by Hannah Devlin, Science Correspondent
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2 May 2018
On 2 May 2018 The Guardian reported:
Plants use their roots to 'listen in' on their neighbours, according to research that adds to evidence that plants have their own unique forms of communication. Previously, scientists have shown that when plant leaves are touched as they brush up against the leaves and branches of neighbours they alter their growth strategies.
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The possibility that plants communicate has surfaced periodically as a crackpot idea -- in the 1980s it was suggested that trees send out electrical pulses, called W-waves, when their neighbours were chopped down. However, in recent years, fresh evidence has emerged that plants are constantly sending and receiving signals that scientists are now learning to eavesdrop on.
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