Whenever you trade in that mini personal pizza for a salad at lunch- you feel more accomplished. A hearty bowl of fresh salad is not only good for you- it makes you feel good too. It’s true that a salad is a very important part of a meal. Especially for vegetarians who don’t eat any meat products. For vegetarians, salads are their primary meal.
Morally, I suppose, eating vegetables beats eating animals. Why? Well, because vegetable can’t feel pain and aren’t conscious of whether or not they’re being eaten. It’s guilt free- right?
Not exactly, apparently, scientists at the University of Missouri have found evidence that suggests plants can actually feel when they’re being eaten. Or rather, the evidence suggests that they can ‘hear’ it. This phenomenon is thanks to ecological vibrations that plants tend to feel and respond to.
Read on below the details of this fascinating find below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
All you vegetarians and plant lovers out there, listen up! A new study has found evidence that’ll make you never look at your bowl of salad the same way again.
It’s a general understanding that vegetables are oblivious to when they’re being munched down on. However, scientists at the University of Missouri (MU) claim the exact opposite.
They discovered the fact that plants can identify different noises. One of which is the sound of them being munched on. Pretty dark, huh?
Heidi Appel, an agriculturist from MU’s College Of Agriculture, explains that plants respond to different acoustic energy.
Her statement to the Daily Mail: “We found that ‘feeding vibrations’ signal changes in the plant’s cells’ metabolism creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks from caterpillars.”
Rex Cocroft, a professor in MU’s Division of Biological Sciences, worked together with Appel on the research.
They collected caterpillars and introduced them to cabbage- for feeding.
Tiny “feeding vibrations” of the caterpillar were recorded and played back to some of the plants. Others were left in silence.
When the caterpillars were later unleashed to feed on both sets of plants, they found that the set that had heard the feeding vibrations early on produced more mustard oil than its counterpart. This simply means that the plants were able to identify when they were being eaten and made an attempt to defend itself.
Just like animals, plants too can respond to attacks. Though there is still much to be learned on how the vibration detecting mechanism works, it’s safe to say that our perception on plants has changed.
Our motive wasn’t to make you feel bad about eating your salad. That’s just a side effect from learning the truth.
This research points to the possibility of plants being able to defend themselves from pests. Furthermore, it opens new horizons on developments in agricultural safety. No matter what anyone else says, you have to admit the fact that plants feel a sense of danger and protect themselves is pretty darn cool.
Don’t forget to share this with all your loved ones.
(h/t: Daily Mail )