Updates will be sparse for awhile owing to the fact that I’m at the University of Alabama working with Ryan Earley on some hormone work AND because my Mac is still out for repairs.
Rick Karban of the University of California-Davis and his colleagues have discovered that plants the plants are talking to themselves.
These researchers discovered that when a sagebrush plant is cut (as when it has been bitten by a herbivore), it releases chemical compounds that communicate with other branches that are genetically identical. By communicating with itself in this way, the plant is able to coordinate a counter-attack to decrease its likelihood of being further damaged by herbivores. The article can be found here.
Knowing that even plants are talking to themselves makes me feel a bit better about doing it myself.