Plants Can Talk To Each Other

Story Title: Plants Can Talk To Each Other
Episode: Six
Broadcast Date: 12th May 2012
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Trevor speaks to a West Australian university researcher who has discovered plants have the ability to communicate with one another.

Interesting Facts

  • Dr Monica Gagliano from the University of Western Australia in conjunction with Professor Daniel Robert (University of Bristol in the United Kingdom) and Professor Stefano Mancuso (University of Florence) have discovered that the roots of young plants emit and react to particular sounds.
  • It has been confirmed that the young roots of the corn plant emit regular clicking noises.
  • The possible application of the research to real world problems could mean that by listening to plants scientists could detect future droughts and other natural events.


University of Western Australia
Dr Monica Gagliano
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