Extract from “Plants do ‘Have Feelings’ (of Sorts)”

Plants respond to the way they are touched, such as by raindrops falling on their leaves or by human gardeners patting them gently out of affection. So say Australian scientists who have found that plants possess a form of “touch response” in their leaves that allows them to evaluate threats and beneficial impacts through a series of signals in the form of chemical reactions.

“Unlike animals, plants are unable to run away from harmful conditions. Instead, plants appear to have developed intricate stress defence systems to sense their environment and help them detect danger and respond appropriately,” Dr Van Aken explained.

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