Can plants hear themselves when being eaten?


When poultry animals are being slaughtered for food, we assumed that they might cry out in pain. But have you ever wondered about plants, if they would understand the circumstances where they are about to be eaten? The answer from most people is that it is impossible for plants to do so, but research has found that plants do ‘hear’ themselves being eaten.

Researchers from the University of Missouri (MU) have found that a small flowering plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, is able to hear the chewing of their leaves loud and clear when they are eaten by caterpillar. As a defense, the plant would respond