Can plants talk to each other? - Richard Karban
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Underground fungal networks that allow plants to share information and resources are described by Suzanne Simard in her TED talk, The Networked Beauty of Forests.
Different researchers define concepts such as communications and language differently. Michelle Bishop adds her take on the qualities that are required for language in her TED-Ed lesson, Do Animals Have Language? The same logic and set of criteria could reasonably be applied to plants.
The subject of plant communication has been hotly debated in the scientific community over the past several decades. While most scientists now agree that communication does occur, there is still considerable controversy about how to interpret these phenomena. Michael Pollen offers a fascinating glimpse of this debate in this New Yorker article.
For a comprehensive scientific description of the various ways in which plants sense their environments and communicate with other plants and other organisms, Richard Karban has recently published a book entitled, Plant Sensing and Communication (2015, University of Chicago Press).
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