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Scientists discover plants have 'brains' that decide when to sprout. Introducing Pando Populus. Can Plants Talk To Each Other? (2-min version) Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other. Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back. Gardeners have long claimed that talking to plants helps them grow—an idea backed up by science.

Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back

But more recently, we’re discovering that plants talk, too, reacting to their environment in a language of electrical impulses and chemicals. The question is whether there's a way that we—humans and plants—could talk to one another? Thanks to Project Florence, a project created by post-doc researcher Helene Steiner during her time as an artist-in-residence with Microsoft Research’s Studio 99 program, we're getting closer. Project Florence is a sensor-loaded plant capsule that’s connected to a computer.

To begin communicating, you type anything you like at the device's accompanying terminal. First, your message is mapped for sentiment—is it a positive or negative message? "We can almost create moods of the plant, and abstract the message that comes back," says Steiner. The "Walking trees" of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day. Lord of the Rings fans will be pleased to learn that real-life Ents, or at least a close cousin of theirs, can be found marching through the forests of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve near Quito, Ecuador.

The "Walking trees" of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day

In the deep interior of the Reserve, Walking Palm or Cashapona trees slowly migrate across the wilderness as new roots replace the old. The new growth drags the tree along, a process that sometimes allows the tree to walk a few centimeters in just one day. Socratea exorrhiza is a palm tree native to tropical biomes in Central and South America. Up to 25 meters tall, the Walking Palm is pollinated by beetles and its seeds and seedlings are a food source for many animals living in this ecosystem.

Usually found in wet areas, the Walking Palm stands on stilted roots that strategically regrow. Related: Trees thriving on contaminated land could help clean up humanity’s mess The roots also regrow to cope with a changing environment. Via BBC. Plants May Have Ability To Learn. Plants Exhibit The Same Senses As Humans And See, Touch, Smell, Hear and Even Taste. Plant-e.com Home. How Trees Calm Us Down. In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania.

How Trees Calm Us Down

Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in otherwise identical rooms whose windows faced a wall. The results seemed at once obvious—of course a leafy tableau is more therapeutic than a drab brick wall—and puzzling. Whatever curative property the trees possessed, how were they casting it through a pane of glass? Researcher: Psychedelic Plants are Trying to Communicate with Humans.

Derrick Broze April 16, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) From April 10 to April 12, activists, journalists, researchers, and whistleblowers gathered in Philadelphia for the Free Your Mind Conference.

Researcher: Psychedelic Plants are Trying to Communicate with Humans

One of the guest speakers was American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author Dennis J. Plant Internet Is A Real Thing. Video: Do Bean Plants Show Intelligence? The Intelligent Plant. In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction.

The Intelligent Plant

“The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, presented a beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream. The most memorable passages described the experiments of a former C.I.A. polygraph expert named Cleve Backster, who, in 1966, on a whim, hooked up a galvanometer to the leaf of a dracaena, a houseplant that he kept in his office. Plants Respond to Leaf Vibrations Caused by Insects’ Chewing, MU Study Finds. Plants Can 'Talk' To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots.

Photo via Shutterstock Watch what you say around your houseplants — they can probably hear you, and they might even be talking about you.

Plants Can 'Talk' To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots

The idea that plants communicate with each other is normally based in science-fiction or fantasy, but new research out of The University of Western Australia reveals that this actually may be the case. UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Amazing Plants. Researchers find electrical current stemming from plants. In an electrifying first, Stanford scientists have plugged into algae cells and harnessed a tiny electrical current.

researchers find electrical current stemming from plants

They found it at the very source of energy production – photosynthesis, a plant's method of converting sunlight to chemical energy. It may be a first step toward generating high-efficiency bioelectricity that doesn't give off carbon dioxide as a byproduct, the researchers say. "We believe we are the first to extract electrons out of living plant cells," said WonHyoung Ryu, the lead author of the paper published in the March issue of Nano Letters. Ryu conducted the experiments while he was a research associate for mechanical engineering Professor Fritz Prinz. The Stanford research team developed a unique, ultra-sharp nanoelectrode made of gold, specially designed for probing inside cells. Early research stage "We're still in the scientific stages of the research," said Ryu. "This is potentially one of the cleanest energy sources for energy generation," Ryu said.

Plant communications: Beans’ talk. Plants Recognize Siblings: ID System In Roots. Plants may not have eyes and ears, but they can recognize their siblings, and researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered how.

Plants Recognize Siblings: ID System In Roots

The ID system lies in the roots and the chemical cues they secrete. The finding not only sheds light on the intriguing sensing system in plants, but also may have implications for agriculture and even home gardening. Plants Know Their Relatives — And Like Them! - Wired Science. Unlike many human brothers and sisters, plant siblings appear to do their best to get along, sharing resources and avoiding competition.

Plants Know Their Relatives — And Like Them! - Wired Science

In a study of more than 3,000 mustard seedlings, scientists discovered that the young plants recognize their siblings — other plants grown from the seeds of the same momma plant — using chemical cues given off during root growth. And it turns out mustard plants won’t compete with their brethren the way they will with strangers: Instead of rapidly growing roots to suck up as much water and minerals as possible, plants who sensed nearby siblings developed a shallower root system and more intertwined leaves. “It’s possible that when kin are grown together, they may balance their nutrient uptake and not be greedy,” plant biologist Harsh Bais of the University of Delaware said in a press release.

The work will be published in an upcoming issue of Communicative and Integrative Biology. Photo: An Arabidopsis plant.BlueRidgeKitties/Flickr.