Plant Whisperer

Meet Monica Gagliano, the biologist who studies sound production and reception in plants and whose work with associative learning in plants is making waves in botanical circles.

By | February 1, 2017

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Avatar of: Barry@DataSense

Barry@DataSense

Posts: 23

February 9, 2017

All this video showed was plants responding to noise. A simple physiological/growth response. Just as plants respond to light, or bend with the wind. I saw no evidence of 'learning'.

What a misleading title!

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Barry@DataSense

Posts: 23

February 9, 2017

All this video showed was plants responding to noise. A simple physiological/growth response. Just as plants respond to light, or bend with the wind. I saw no evidence of 'learning'.

What a misleading title!

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Roy Niles

Posts: 112

Replied to a comment from Barry@DataSense made on February 9, 2017

February 14, 2017

The plants appear to be responding in consistent ways to the differences made deliberatly in the sounds.  This "logical" process is either due to learning or to instinct, and instincts themselves will have needed at some point in the plant's evolution to be learned.

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