Communicating Without Nerves

Communicating Without Nerves

I remember, as a kid, reading some of the book, The Secret Life of Plants. Now, years later, scientists are closer to understanding the mechanisms through which plants coordinate their response to the environment – and do so without the nervous system found in animals. 

The finding, published this week in Nature Communication, shows that plants use a compound — the same compound used as an essential neurotransmitter in animal brains — to create electrical signals that regulate growth when facing drought, viruses or extreme temperatures.

In other words, this is how plants manage stress without having a central nervous system.

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