La Trobe University-led research has found that plants are extremely sensitive to touch and that repeated touching can significantly retard growth.
“The lightest touch from a human, animal, insect, or even plants touching each other in the wind, triggers a huge gene response in the plant,” Professor Whelan said.
Next steps in the research will be to test touch response in crop species and to look at the potential consequences of breeding plants which are less touch sensitive.
A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening … Plants are ‘in touch’ with the world around them.
A new study by Rice University scientists reveals that plants can use the sense of touch to fight off fungal infections and insects.