How Plants Help Each Other Grow By Near-Telepathic Communication

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Plants have scientifically been show to draw alternative sources of energy from other plants. Plants influence each other in many ways and they communicate through “nanomechanical oscillations” vibrations on the tiniest atomic or molecular scale or as close as you can get to telepathic communication.

Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have previously shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. His research findings were released in the online journal Nature Communications.

Other research published last year, showed that young corn roots made clicking sounds, and that when suspended in water they would lean towards sounds made in the same frequency range (about 220 Hz). So it seemed that plants do emit and react to sound, and the researchers wanted to delve into this idea further.

Working with chili plants in their most recent study, specificallyCapsicum annuum, they first grew chili seeds on their own and then in the presence of other chili plants, basil and fennel, and recorded their rates of germination and growth. Fennel is considered an aggressive plant that hinders the germination of other plants around it, while basil is generally considered to be a beneficial plant for gardening and an ideal companion for chili plants.

Germination rates were fairly low when the seeds were grown on their own, lower when grown in the presence of fennel (as expected). Germination rates were better with other chili plants around, and even better with basil.

Since plants are already known to ‘talk’ through chemical signals and to react to light, the researchers separated newly planted seeds from the other plants using black plastic, to block any other kind of ‘signaling’ other than through sound. When fennel was on the other side of the plastic, the chemical effects of its presence, which would have inhibited germination of the chili seeds, were blocked. The chili seeds grew much quicker than normal though, possibly because they still ‘knew’ the fennel was there, ‘knew’ it had the potential to have a negative effect on their germination, and so they quickly got past the stage where they were vulnerable.

If even bacteria can signal one another with vibrations, why not plants, said Monica Gagliano, a plant physiologist at the University of Western Australia in Crawley.

Gagliano imagines that root-to-root alerts could transform a forest into an organic switchboard. “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet and sending acoustic signals through this Web. From here, who knows,” she said.

As with other life, if plants do send messages with sound, it is one of many communication tools. More work is needed to bear out Gagliano’s claims, but there are many ways that listening to plants already bears fruit.

According to the study: “This demonstrated that plants were able to sense their neighbours even when all known communication channels are blocked (i.e. light, chemicals and touch) and most importantly, recognize the potential for the interfering presence of a ‘bad neighbour’ and modify their growth accordingly.”

Then, to test if they could see similar effects with a ‘good neighbour’, they tried the same experiment with other chili plants and then with basil. When there were fully-grown chili plants in their presence blocked by the plastic, the seeds showed some improved germination (“partial response”). When basil was on the other side of the plastic, they found that the seeds grew just as well as when the plastic wasn’t there.

“Our results show that plants are able to positively influence growth of seeds by some as yet unknown mechanism,” said Dr. Monica Gagliano, an evolutionary biologist at UWA and co-author of the study, according toBioMed Central. “Bad neighbors, such as fennel, prevent chili seed germination in the same way. We believe that the answer may involve acoustic signals generated using nanomechanical oscillations from inside the cell which allow rapid communication between nearby plants.”

What Can Humans Learn?

Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions,” said psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee.

“When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this translated to human beings as well,” stated Bader-Lee. “The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.”

Bader-Lee suggests that the field of bioenergy is now ever evolving and that studies on the plant and animal world will soon translate and demonstrate what energy metaphysicians have known all along — that humans can heal each other simply through energy transfer just as plants do. “Human can absorb and heal through other humans, animals, and any part of nature. That’s why being around nature is often uplifting and energizing for so many people,” she concluded.

About the Author

Michael Forrester is a spiritual counselor and is a practicing motivational speaker for corporations in Japan, Canada and the United States.

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  • Helene

    does anyone know if GMO plants communicate the same way that organic, non-GMO plants do? Thanks lol

  • John Scott

    If a plant responds to its environment it means the plant is AWARE of its environment. It is conscious. It might just be a ‘simple consciousness’, at the stage of learning sensitivity. Rocks are beginners – they learn how to hold patterns in form. They are sensitive to their environment but are not in fact, sensitive, as in feeling. After form and feeling, comes motion – that’s the animal kingdom. Each is an expression of consciousness. Simple, not Self. Self consciousness is the next step – the human kingdom, also known as the bridge from above to below.
    As above, so below ?! ;o)

  • jrf773

    The part I found interesting was the mention of young corn roots making a clicking sound. AND when they are exposed to a 220 Hz frequency, they lean towards it. The reason that I found this interesting is I did an experiment in 7th grade where I used my radioshack 200in1 kit to build a system that emitted a low frequency pulse. I don’t remember the frequency, but it was on the low end of things and I am willing to bet that it was very close to 220 hz. Well any rate, it was a very simple experiment put corn into a 6 hole planter and exposed them to the sound for a few weeks. It was pretty cool, the corn closest to the sound was six inches taller than the corn that was furthest from the sound. Of course, I got stomped on by a science teacher that was to stupid to understand what was going on, and he called my experiments flawed. No reason given, it just was because he said it was. The other judges were more open minded and I got a A- on the project.

    • you

      I’d of only given you an A since you didn’t give the exact Frequency! even though you were only Seventh Grade.

  • you

    Some research was done on plants regarding human interaction, two rooms, in one room one plant was tortured every time the researcher went in! the other was not! in the end as soon as the torturer entered the tortured plants room sneakily and quietly, the Plant wilted as it knew what was coming. The other sensed no threat because there was none.
    i almost forgot! The Plant only wilted in response to the torturer entering the room and no one else!

  • Phil

    As an example of this article, I first noticed this phenomenon when I planted a small clump of reed type bamboo close to where I’d had a small scraggly stand of the same plant for several years. When I planted the “reed friends”, the same patch that had never thrived went into a flurry of new growth. I remember laughing about it and commenting that it looked as if I’d started some sort of competition…”You think you’re luxuriant? Yeah? Well, watch me! Look what I can do!” It was very remarkable – so what you write here rings very true and is a good explanation of my two clumps “feeding off one another” and now a substantial stand and good specimens of their kind.

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