Plant genes switched on by sound waves

2019-02-27 11:15:01

By Andy Coghlan CAN plants hear? They all respond to light, which affects how they optimise growth and survival. Plants also have a sense of touch, allowing them to stiffen in response to wind, and a “taste” for nutrients. But whether they respond to sound is a mystery. Now Mi-Jeong Jeong of the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea,