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The Social Network of Plants

October 26, 2012

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Professor Ariel Novoplansky, of BGU's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, recently gave a talk at the TEDxJaffa conference that explores from the plants' perspective the age-old question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

According to Prof. Novaplansky, plants communicate through their roots through a complex system of non-verbal communication. They are able to warn each other of impending danger.

With his team of research scientists, Prof. Novoplansky has mapped the ways in which plants communicate and has also proven that plants have memory.

Prof. Novaplansky's scientific work focuses on evolutionary ecology of plants. His current research is related to the evolutionary rationale and physiological mechanisms that enable plants to make developmental decisions based on information they perceive from their environment and neighbors.

View of a video of the talk presented at TEDxJaffa >>