Well, we all know that vegetarians take a lot of pride in the food they eat. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to giving a shit for eating meat as if it’s a crime and as if the animals knows they are being eaten.
Well hey vegetarians, in your face because plants know it too.
A new research shows that plants know when they’re being eaten and they don’t like it when you do that. According to o Modern Farmer, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri claims that all the plants possess some sort of intelligence and know it when you’re approaching them to put them in your mouth.
They even send out defence mechanisms to try to stop you from doing that. The study was carried out on thale cress, which is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens, and other members of the family. They are commonly used for experiments because they have genome sequenced, and scientists are intimately familiar with how it works.
Researchers took audio recordings to understand vibrations a plant does when it’s being eaten. They studied these vibration patterns, that released another shake like wind noise.
Modern Farmer claims “the thale cress produces mustard oils that are mildly toxic when eaten and sends them throughout its leaves to try to keep the predators away.”
“Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music,” said Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU.
“However, our work is the first example of how plants respond to an ecologically relevant vibration. We found that feeding vibrations signal changes in the plant cells’ metabolism, creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks from caterpillars,” he added.
Well, the next time your vegetarian friends pull you in a food-debate, show them this!