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The smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a plant distress call

Matt 2012/03/27 14:35:36
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The lovely scent of cut grass is the reek of plant anguish: When
attacked, plants release airborne chemical compounds. Now scientists say
plants can use these compounds almost like language, notifying nearby
creatures who can "rescue" them from insect attacks.

A group of German scientists studying a wild tobacco plant noticed
that the compounds it released - called green leaf volatiles or GLVs -
were very specific. When the plants were infested by caterpillars, the
plants released a distress GLV that attracted predatory bugs who like to
eat the caterpillars in question.....

....I think what's most interesting about this study is the way it suggests
that plants have a rudimentary form of language based on releasing these
chemical compounds. These tobacco plants have the ability to modulate
the signals they send out, depending on the kind of attack they're
suffering. Combine this discovery with the one a few weeks ago, that
plants are able to perform simple computations,
and it's clear that the average person underestimates how much plants
are dynamically engaged with their environments. It's interesting to
imagine plants as having truly alien forms of consciousness and
communication - different from animals' minds, but sometimes performing
similar tasks.


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  • Beccy 2012/10/15 00:13:57
    I'm Replacing My Crybaby Lawn With Happy Flowers !
    Beccy
    +1
    We will learn more as we become one with nature.
  • jitko 2012/04/03 15:26:01
    I'm Replacing My Crybaby Lawn With Happy Flowers !
    jitko
    +1
    Wow. Thanks, Matt.
  • Gothamjedi311 \m/ 2012/04/01 15:56:41
    I'll Never Cut My Grass Again !
    Gothamjedi311 \m/
    +1
    I'll just get the girls to do it. gothamjedi311 cutting grass
    ...but I still have to do the ditch. \m/
  • Eccles 2012/04/01 13:46:46
    I Feel The Weeping Willow's Pain !
    Eccles
    +2
    I believe all life is One.
  • Darnel 2012/03/29 05:20:39
    This "Science" Is Claptrap !
    Darnel
    +2
    Of course with my luck,.. I'll be cutting a lawn,.. and get jumped by a tree.
  • Batman 2012/03/28 20:52:10
    I'll Never Cut My Grass Again !
    Batman
    +2
    I've always wondered if we ever came face to face with alien life...would we even know it.

    awareness without consciousness...I dig the plant.
  • U-Dog 2012/03/28 13:29:37
    I'm Replacing My Crybaby Lawn With Happy Flowers !
    U-Dog
    +1
    OMG, what's next, the grass rights nuts?
  • Matt U-Dog 2012/03/28 16:01:42
    Matt
    +1
    Vegan guilt counseling !
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/03/28 13:17:53
    This "Science" Is Claptrap !
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +1
    Although freshly cut plants is the #1 cause of methane increases, but it's impossible to grow crops without plowing so Climate Change is inevitable.
  • Link 2012/03/28 03:29:13
    I Don't Cut Grass, I Smoke It !
    Link
    +2
    Whoa... Duuude... I always thought I heard the blades of grass screaming...
  • Rocko 2012/03/27 20:49:40
    I'm Replacing My Crybaby Lawn With Happy Flowers !
    Rocko
    +1
    wow thats wild
  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2012/03/27 17:36:56
    This "Science" Is Claptrap !
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    +1
    Smells like phosgene to me. ;) Don't ask how I know.
  • Racefish 2012/03/27 15:23:59
    I Feel The Weeping Willow's Pain !
    Racefish
    +2
    However, why does it smell so delicious?

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