Plant communication

Sun Apr 27 23:46:14 EST 1997

I know of another instance as Michael said where plants protect eachother
and that is an article I once read on Methyl Jasmonate (the hormone) which
stimulates the biosynthesis of natural insecticides in neighbouring plants
of the same species.

I haven't got the details of the article in front of me but If you are
interested I can get them.

It refers to damaged leaves producing a secondary metabolite (meth jas)
which in turn stimulates the production of furanocoumerans in neighbouring
plants which protects them from herbivourous damage.

There are other articles that I know of that involve plant communication
but they are basically communication within themselves not other plants. 

Hope I was helpful,


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