Are Plants People Too?

Plants on tropical BeachScientific research is catching-up to ancient spiritual wisdom.  Out-of-Body research done at The Monroe Institute in the 1970s indicated that plants have consciousness.  In addition to fresh clear air, sunshine, fertilizer and water, it was found that plants benefit from recognition of their consciousness.

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that plants may also have the ability to look out for one another.  The research involved corn which has a unique reproduction cycle.  Males flower, distribute a pair of pollen grains to tiny cobs below and as the pollen comes into contact with silk strands found on the cob, a seed containing an embryo and endosperm is produced, resulting in one corn kernel.  As the seed grows, the endosperm nourishes the embryo.

The researchers found that the growth and behaviour of corn embryos and endosperm in seeds that shared both parents did better than single parent seeds.

“The results indicated embryos with the same mother and father as the endosperm in their seed weighed significantly more than embryos with the same mother but a different father,” said Pamela Diggle, a faculty member in CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department, in a statement.

“We found that endosperm that does not share the same father as the embryo does not hand over as much food — it appears to be acting less cooperatively.”

Past studies have revealed that plants are able to provide more nutrients to hardier offspring when resources are scarce, but Diggle says this is the first study to test the idea of cooperation among siblings in plants.

In 1973, Dorothy Retallack’s book The Sound of Music and Plants suggested that plants have consciousness, based on scientific experiments with plants and music, at the Colorado Women’s College in Denver.  Retallack piped in different types of music to three separate laboratories containing the same species of plants and recorded the daily growth of each plant.  Plants exposed to music for three hours a day grew twice as large and became twice as healthy as those in a music-free environment. In contrast, plants in the laboratory where music was played for eight hours a day died within two weeks of the start of the experiment.

In another experiment, plants that heard rock music turned out to be sickly and small whereas plants listening to the soothing sounds of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven were significantly healthier and grew bending towards the radio just as they bend towards the sunlight.

Elizabeth Rose, Diamond Lantern

ref: Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer, The Weather Network