Some people talk to their plants, but are the plants saying anything back?

New research indicates that plants are making sounds that other plants can respond to. What does this mean for our view of language? Does this mean plants are animals? And can they learn?

UWA biologist Monica Gagliano vegges out in the studio with Daniel and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Monica Gagliano finds out about plants that make make and react to sounds
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201204034491/research/talking-plants

They can also learn, and retain what they learn.
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201401156399/research/move-over-elephants-mimosas-have-memories-too

Popular news items sure do lean on the ‘talking’ angle.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-05/new-document/4734616
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-researcher-uncovers-talking-plants-20120403-1waoe.html

A bit on Cleve Backster, who thought that plants could read minds. His conclusions have not been replicated.
http://www.skepdic.com/plants.html

French borrows a lot from English. Now we can export our spelling problems onto them! And this will make Ben very happy. (PDF)
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~ches0045/Chesley2010AnglicismsInFrench.pdf

Links for “relooking”
https://www.google.com.au/webhp?tab=ww&ei=HSkHU5iAOoXOkAWb_YAo&ved=0CBUQ1S4#q=%22relooking%22&safe=off

English words of French origin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_French_origin

French people don’t say ‘encore’.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_words_and_phrases_used_by_English_speakers#Not_used_as_such_in_French


Show tunes

‘Charming Birds from Trees’ by Snowbird
from the album Moon
Link to audio file: http://es.juno.co.uk/products/snowbird-moon/517593-01/

‘Green Aisles’ by Real Estate
from the album Days