Plants Respond to The Way We Touch Them, Scientist Reveal.


It’s something that plant lovers have long suspected, but now Australian Scientists have found evidence that plants really can feel when we’re touching them.

Not
only that, but different sensations trigger a cascade of physiological
and genetic changes, depending on the stimulation the plants are
receiving, whether it’s a few drops of rain, or a little soft pat.

“Unlike animals, plants are unable to run away from harmful conditions.
Instead, plants appear to have developed intricate stress defense
systems to sense their environment and help them detect danger and
respond appropriately,” says Van Aken.

Importantly,
the study also identified two proteins that could switch off the
plant’s touch response. In the future, this could help plants in
controlled environments, such as greenhouses, from changing their genes
and responding to ‘false alarm’ stimuli.



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