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Unique sonar signatures

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I <3 plants, and occasionally daydream about anthropomorphizing the characteristics of certain genera and species. To be honest, I wrote a story about plant voices a while back. I’ll dig it up tonight and post it so you can see what I’m talking about.

Scientists are curious about how plants sound, but in an entirely different way. Rather than creating fictional personalities for plants, scientists in Germany have found a way to visualize the sonar echoes returned by plants. The idea behind this being fruit bats, who locate specific fruit-bearing plants with sonar, may be identifying plants by sound. The researchers found certain plant species indeed have recognizable, unique sonar signatures and are learning how bats interrogate and “communicate” with plants. This is a language I want to learn!

Here’s a link to a brief digest of the research on Science’s website, and a link to the full PLOS article.


Written by morethangray

March 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm

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