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Dutch March 3, 2016 02:08 PM

Plants Communicate
ChrisK posted a link in the thread "Winter Reading" a while back on scientific research being done on how plants communicate with each other through microbes in the soil. The link below is a simplified article on how it is believed to work. [URL][/URL]

The original scientific link; [URL][/URL]

bower March 5, 2016 11:46 AM

Very cool, Dutch. :yes:8-)
I knew this about forest ecosystems years ago, but farm ecosystems are evidently just as connected. Fungus is internet. ;)

4season March 6, 2016 12:05 PM

I guess my toes can communicate with each other ? Seriously there is a professor in Washington state I think who has posts about forest communication and trees exchanging some nutrients or at least radioactive tracers. The link is on my windows XP machine.

MissS March 6, 2016 08:51 PM

Thank you Dutch. I found it very interesting.

Starlight March 7, 2016 09:07 AM

Yes, Thank you! I too found it interesting reading. Even without there trials, I would agree in theory to plant communication, just from digging up plants and looking at their root systems.

For folks who may be new and haven't seen, you might check out this thread by Dutch too, [url][/url] . Lots of good info in it.

Dutch... Have you seen this article in Science Direct?


Dutch March 7, 2016 09:32 AM

Thanks Starlight. I don't recall reading that article before. The abstract in the link you provided is of great interest to me. Thyme is something I grow and use regularly in my stir fries. Thanks again!

Starlight March 7, 2016 05:14 PM

It seems there are several scientific studies of the use of those plant oils. My dinosaur of computer does not let me go to Facebook, so I couldn't open this abstract up. Maybe you can.


Might be something to look into. Making your own organic essential oils is easy. Wonder if planting Thyme and Peppermint plants around our tomatoes would work.

What do you think about the use of the non-mycorrhizal fungus Geosiphon pyriforme? Are you familiar with this fungi? The only thing I know about G. pyriforme is it is similar to Glomus.

Dutch March 7, 2016 08:57 PM

I will not sign onto "" for several reasons. "" is a for profit social media site. Please read the following article; [URL]Http://[/URL]

Also their domain name is deceptive. The following is from Wikipedia;
“ is not a university or institution for higher learning and so under current standards it would not qualify for the ".edu" top-level domain. However, the domain name "" was registered in 1999, prior to the regulations requiring .edu domain names to be held solely by accredited post-secondary institutions. All .edu domain names registered prior to 2001 were grandfathered in, even if not an accredited post-secondary institution”. [URL][/URL]

Thanks Starlight, the article might very well be valid, but I will be reading my research from elsewhere.

4season March 7, 2016 09:30 PM

I found the link referred to in post 3. Not Washington state but Canadian.

Worth1 March 7, 2016 09:32 PM

I remember having a conversation with a plant back in the 70's.:lol:

MissS March 7, 2016 09:42 PM

Here is a rather nice article about a study on your subject.


Dutch March 7, 2016 10:57 PM

[QUOTE=MissS;539311]Here is a rather nice article about a study on your subject.


Thanks Patti that is the same link that Starlight posted and article would not come up before. It does now. Thanks.
P.S. The information on at this time is credible. But a word of caution, is a capitol venture and could be sold without warning at anytime. I caution against signing away the rights to your personal information just to view it!

AlittleSalt March 7, 2016 11:22 PM

Dutch, I've been working my arse off trying to make raised beds and planting areas. I've been fighting off anxiety by keeping myself busy - no matter what.

I want to read this thread, but I'm not ready yet because I know I will want to respond with opinions.

I'll read and respond when I can.

Dutch March 7, 2016 11:28 PM

Hi Robert,
I know where you're coming from. That's cool. Take care and read when you can.
Thanks for posting!

AlittleSalt March 7, 2016 11:44 PM

Dutch, thank you for understanding.

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