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Science Wednesdays: What Plants Talk About

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:13pm -- WCVE

Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young.

Cahill, a University of Alberta professor, maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. “They’re actively engaging with the environment in which they live,” Cahill insists. “They actively communicate. They actively respond to the nutrients, and the predators, and the herbivores that are around them. It’s a really dynamic system.”

By exploring the fascinating behaviors of plant life, including the dodder vine, wild tobacco plant, and Douglas fir, What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war.

So come along for the ride and discover that plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think!

Watch Nature: What Plants Talk About April 3 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.