"Can plants hear?" -- Nobel or IgNobel?

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In summary, plants have the ability to respond to physical vibrations and can even detect auditory vibrations. This phenomenon was first described in species of Mimosidae and has been observed in plants such as the Venus flytrap, which responds to vibrations from insects walking in its "trap". While there is no Nobel prize associated with this discovery, it is still a fascinating aspect of plant behavior.
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Look up thigmosnasty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thigmonasty

Some plants can respond to physical vibration. Vibration that we perceive is both physical and auditory, This was first described for species of Mimosidae. I first encountered it in the literature in 1963. Venus flytrap is a really cool insectivorous plant that responds to vibrations from insects walking in the "trap".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_flytrap

No Nobel prize in the offing AFAIK.
 
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jim mcnamara said:
No Nobel prize in the offing AFAIK.
:smile: Yes, I just mentioned the Nobel as a contrast to the Ig, not as a literal possibility.
 

1. Can plants really hear?

There is ongoing research on whether plants have the ability to hear or not. Some studies suggest that plants are able to sense and respond to certain sounds, such as vibrations, but it is still a controversial topic in the scientific community.

2. How do plants hear?

If plants do have the ability to "hear", it is likely through a process called mechanosensing. This means that they are able to detect vibrations and changes in their environment through specialized cells and structures.

3. What is the purpose of plants being able to hear?

If plants do have the ability to hear, it is believed that it could help them in various ways, such as detecting potential threats or changes in their environment, and even communicating with other plants.

4. Can playing music help plants grow?

There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that playing music can directly help plants grow. However, some studies suggest that certain types of music may have a positive effect on plant growth by reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

5. Has the Nobel or IgNobel Prize been awarded for research on plants and hearing?

To date, neither the Nobel Prize nor the IgNobel Prize has been awarded specifically for research on plants and hearing. However, there have been studies and experiments related to this topic that have been recognized by both awards in other categories.

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