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Dr Monica Gagliano - UWA’s Centre of Evolutionary Biology

Do plants possess ESP?

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

 Morning host Peter Butler talks with lead researcher Dr Monica Gagliano about the study “Tuned in: plant roots use sound to locate water” which found that plants can sense sound vibrations from running water moving through pipes or in the soil, to help their roots move towards the source of water. The study also revealed that plants do not like certain noises and will move away from particular sounds.

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