How Plants Defend Themselves

Maybe it’s time to reconsider what we think about plants: They hear, touch, see and even “talk” in order to survive.

stubborn broccoli plant
Broccoli no more aspires to sizzling in a stir-fry than pigs dream of becoming ham.
Illustration By Brad Anderson
plants call for backup
Some plants "call" for backup whenever they're attacked.
Illustration By Brad Anderson
seedlings illustration
Seedlings of parasitic dodder plants scout for volatile chemicals released by a potential host, such as the tomato, then put out tendrils to slowly encircle their victim and suck out its life.
Illustration By Brad Anderson

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