New Research Suggests Flowers ‘Can Hear’

By on 16th January 2019

Yes, you read that correctly. Your flowers can hear you when you talk to them, although whether they listen or understand anything is very much up for debate.

However, new research conducted at Tel Aviv University in Israel has found that flowers respond to the sound of buzzing bees by producing sweeter nectar.

The Express reported on the findings, with the researchers revealing that when they played recordings of flying bees to evening primrose flowers, the plants responded by making their nectar sweeter, all within three minutes of hearing the bees.

Overall, the researchers found that plants that were exposed to the sound of flying bees produced nectar that was an average 20 per cent sweeter than those that didn’t hear the sound of insects.

“We found flowers vibrated mechanically in response to these sounds, suggesting a plausible mechanism where the flower serves as the plant’s auditory sensory organ,” leader of the study professor Lilach Hadany explained.

She added that although her team has only been looking at plants’ response to pollinator noise, there’s reason to believe that they could hear and respond to other things in their environment too, such as herbivores, the elements, other animals and even other plants.

The newspaper noted that many gardeners talk to their plants, and that this research appears to validate their approach.

Last month, Pinterest made a number of predictions for what will be big in all areas of our lives in 2019. Among its trends to watch is that for budding horticulturalists growing their own. One plant that people are particularly keen to cultivate is the avocado, with the platform reporting a 101 per cent increase in searches for ‘how to grow an avocado’.

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