Interesting article about the sentience of plants


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Dec 12, 2022
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myaamionki (central indiana)
According to this article by Smithsonian Magazine, plants might make ultrasonic squeals when stressed, that are so high-pitched humans can't hear them. It's not peer reviewed, but it's an interesting thought to have. Perhaps if we got technology that allowed us to detect plant squeals, knowing what plants need would be far easier.

"For the first time, researchers appear to have evidence that, like animals, plants can audibly vocalize their agony when deprived of water or forced to endure bodily harm. The study, which has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, adds another dimension to scientists’ growing understanding of how plants detect and interact with their surroundings—despite lacking many of the sensory organs their faunal counterparts deploy.

In recent years, it’s become abundantly clear that plants are far more sensitive than researchers once gave them credit for. They respond when touched by insects, turn toward sources of light, and some even sniff out other plants. Others are even sensitive to anesthetics, suggesting that they’re capable of experiencing something akin to “pain.”

“Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices,” Frantisek Baluska of the University of Bonn in Germany told Joanna Klein at the New York Times last year. “They’re living organisms which have their own problems.”"

Here's the article.

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