Summer Friday Fun Blog—Whisper, Your Houseplants are Listening

arth_1vThis week we travel to the University of Missouri in the Midwestern United States to learn about plants and hearing. Many of us have conducted experiments with phototropism (plants moving toward light)–every time we rotate a plant to get more uniform growth. But did you know that plants can recognize and respond to the sound of a predatory caterpillar munching on a leaf? In response to the very specific vibrations of the predators, the chemical defense systems of the plants are tiggered. Here’s a video from Science 360 describing the experiments. Enjoy.

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Michele Arduengo

Social Media Manager at Promega Corporation
Michele earned her B.A. in biology at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and her PhD through the BCDB Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Michele manages the Promega Connections blog. She enjoys leisure reading, writing creative nonfiction and knitting, and the occasional cross-country skiing jaunt.

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