Plants “talk of” danger using streaks of light

Sep 17, 2018, 7:09 AM EDT
(Source: Space][rucker/flickr)
(Source: Space][rucker/flickr)

Plants have their own “language” to give a heads up to one another when they sense an imminent danger, say from a crawling caterpillar chomping off their leaves. A new study published in the journal Science suggests that plants use blazes of light, in a way like the processes in a human nervous system, to communicate among themselves the information related to an external stimulus.

In a dozen of fascinating video footages, the scientists have captured how plants use waves of light to trigger defense hormones, which modify the growth patterns as a response to future threats, notes Mother Nature Network.

The presence of a systematic signaling system upends the notion of plants being immobile, passive and non-communicative organisms, and gives a new hope to researchers for manipulating the plant’s internal communications one day, reports Inquisitr.