Comfortably Numb? – When Wounded, Do Plants Experience “Pain”?

Feelin’ No Pain? An amazing short story, entitled “The Sound Machine”, by the British writer Roald Dahl was first published in the September 17, 1949 issue of the New Yorker. In this story, “A man named Klausner invents a machine that can hear sound the human ear cannot hear. It…

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How Pruning Works – More New Evidence Regarding the Curious Case of Apical Dominance

Slurping Sugars The main reason for pruning plants is to stimulate the growth of axillary buds, a.k.a., lateral buds. (Please see previous post.) But why is the growth of axillary buds stimulated by cutting off the terminal (or apical) bud? The most common explanation of this is the long-known, and…

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“Walking” Palms, Climbing Vines, and “Plantas Nómadas” – Some Plants Are Not “Sessile”

Plants on Stilts Because plants are “rooted” to the place where they germinate, they don’t move. Indeed, it’s become almost a cliche to describe plants as displaying a “sessile life-style”, especially when contrasting them to animals. But are all plants necessarily sessile organisms, never moving from the spot where they…

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