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Research: Injured plants send warnings to peers

May 18, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT
(Source: David Eickhoff/flickr)
(Source: David Eickhoff/flickr)

According to a recent study by botanists at the University of Delaware, injured plants release airborne chemicals mainly from their leaves to warn their neighbors of danger.

Connor Sweeney, an 18-year-old school student from Wilmington, Delaware and his mentor Harsh Bais, conducted a string of experiments over two years to find that an uninjured plant weirdly shores up its defenses when placed in the vicinity of a wounded plant, notes University of Delaware.

A growing body of research believes that plant kingdom communicates in its own ways and the latest work by Harsh and Sweeney could change the direction of what we know about flora and their social interaction, writes Tree Hugger.

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