These researchers employed an air pump attached to a container containing leaves and caterpillars as well as another box containing the common mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana in order to record the communication.
An amazing discovery has been made by a group of Japanese scientists who have managed to record live footage of plants “talking” to one another.
Plants employ the tiny mist of airborne substances that surrounds them for communication, according to Science Alert. These substances alert adjacent plants to danger in a manner similar to scents. Plants’ reactions to these airborne alarms are seen in the Japanese scientists’ camera footage.
A postdoctoral researcher named Takuya Uemura and a PhD student named Yuri Aratani were also on the team. The group studied the reaction of a healthy plant to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by plants that were harmed by insects or other external factors.
When nearby plants are mechanically or herbivorously injured, plants detect the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and mount a variety of defense mechanisms. Interplant communication like this shields plants from harmful environmental conditions.”
These researchers employed an air pump attached to a container containing leaves and caterpillars as well as another box containing the common mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana in order to record the communication
Caterpillars were given chopped leaves from tomato plants and Arabidopsis thaliana to eat, and the scientists recorded how one intact, insect-free Arabidopsis plant reacted to those indications of danger. A biosensor that the researchers had inserted detected calcium ions and flashed green.
Communication between human cells also occurs through calcium signaling. Intact plants received the messages of their afflicted companions and responded with bursts of calcium signaling that reverberated across their spread leaves.
“The complex tale of how, when, and where plants react to aerial ‘warning signs’ from their endangered neighbors has finally been revealed This invisible network of communication amongst ethereal plants is essential for quickly protecting nearby plants from impending threats.”