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    Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots



    Scientists studying corn seedlings believe that they send signals under the soil, advising each other of the proximity of other plants







    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.

    The study found that plants in a crowded environment secrete chemicals into the soil that prompt their neighbours to grow more aggressively, presumably to avoid being left in the shade.

    ?If we have a problem with our neighbours, we can move flat,? said Velemir Ninkovic, an ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and lead author. ?Plants can?t do that. They?ve accepted that and they use signals to avoid competing situations and to prepare for future competition.?

    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. Mature trees have been seen to experience ?canopy shyness? and rein in their growth under crowded conditions. Others, take a more combative approach, diverting resources from root growth to expand more rapidly above ground.

    The latest study reveals that this behaviour is driven, not just by mechanical cues picked up by leaves, but by chemical secretions in the soil.

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    Do you think they have like plant gangs?

    Like "Back TF up this is turnip turf, bitch ass carrot".

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    You know they do. You can also bet they're bitching about how fat the Swede is
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    Lol.

    Honestly though this is pretty interesting, wasn't there a study a few years ago that showed they respond to different audible stimuli during growth?
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    I hear that Tree's have mates, well the Tree's that are older. I never would believe such a thing until I started to see tree's in pairs of 2.
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    That's awesome about trees having mates!

    I also was reading about mushrooms and how their mycellium is involved in other plants communication with each other. Amanitas and Psilocybes are of the most interest for me though...
    Deep untouched forests are so great, you actually feel that it is indeed a huge single organism.

    http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141...idden-internet
    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/c...rebeyond23.htm
    http://www.lindazurich.com/mycelium-...orest-steward/


    Also Aspen trees colonies come to mind and how they all share the water through very extensive root system - these Aspen colonies grow really huge and live very long as one single organism!

    https://inspiremetoday.com/blog/life-as-an-aspen-tree/
    https://www.nationalforests.org/blog...re-than-a-tree

    Talking about it really makes me want to go camping in the woods!...
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