Researchers Record Plants Emitting “Sounds” When Uprooted in Groundbreaking Discovery

Plants ‘Screaming’ in Ultrasonic Frequencies: How Stressed Plants Communicate Their Distress

A fascinating new study has shed light on an intriguing aspect of plant biology: the fact that plants produce sounds in ultrasonic frequencies outside the range of human hearing. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have captured the sounds of plants “screaming” when they are harvested, and these sounds are described as a polling or clicking noise that increases when the plant is under stress. The scientists believe that this could be a way for plants to communicate their distress to the world around them.

Evolutionary biologist Lilach Hadany, one of the researchers on the team, explained why plants might use sound for communication. She said that since many animals use sound for communication, it would make sense for plants to do so as well. The team wanted to investigate whether plants produce sounds when they are stressed, in addition to the other visible changes they experience when under duress.

To do this, they recorded tomato and tobacco plants in both stressed and unstressed conditions, using their definition of stress to include instances where plants had their stems cut or were dehydrated. They found that distressed plants emitted high-pitched sounds that were undetectable by humans but could be heard within a radius of over a meter. In contrast, unstressed plants did not produce much noise at all; they remained quiet and continued with their usual activities.

While the researchers were able to differentiate between the sounds produced by stressed and unstressed plants, they are still unsure about the exact mechanism through which plants produce these noises. Nonetheless, this study sheds light on an intriguing aspect of plant biology and opens up new possibilities for understanding how plants communicate with their environment.

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