Plants identify leaf-munching insects by sound and prepare their defenses

July 3, 2014 4:33 AM

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Plants identify leaf-munching insects by sound and prepare their defenses

Researchers at the University of Missouri studied an Arabidopsis plant and found that, when exposed to the feeding vibrations caterpillars make when munching on plants, the Arabidopsis produced more chemicals to deter the caterpillars.(Photo : Sui-setz)

Researchers at the University of Missouri studied an Arabidopsis plant and found that, when exposed to the feeding vibrations caterpillars make when munching on plants, the Arabidopsis produced more chemicals to deter the caterpillars.

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