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Whispering Grass

Don’t Tell the Trees…
Professor Sam McNaughton

Vegetarians are sometimes mocked by their meat-eating peers who claim that ‘even carrots scream’ when they are being eaten. Now there is increasing evidence to suggest that this is not as far-fetched as once imagined, with studies showing that plants can recognise an attack, identify their herbivorous attacker, step up their defences against specific attack and even communicate warning to neighbouring plants that herbivore attack is imminent. The ongoing development by plants of sophisticated defence mechanisms and the adaptations of herbivores to these ramped up defences, may even be an important driver of the evolutionary process.

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann