The Communication of Plants

Premiere DateNov 4, 2015
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:20 The Daily Beat pt. 1 Dr. Morris
04:05 The Daily Beat pt. 2 Synergy of Plants
07:20 The Daily Beat pt. 3 Fungi webs
07:56 The Daily Beat Outro
08:18 Pin Secure Dark Star
15:45 Finish

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This week on the Daily Beat: We delve into the different biological and natural forces that helps us form synergy with our surroundings.

Today on the Daily Beat, Wednesday November 04, 2015: Kathryn Morris, a chemical ecologist at Xavier University, speaks with us about her study of interconnected fungi. Dr. Morris studies the chemical ecology of plant interactions. This requires eavesdropping on the conversations that plants have with each other and with insects and microbes in their environments. These conversations can be friendly when plants warn neighbors that dangerous herbivores or pathogens are in the area, or not so friendly when plants actually try to kill neighbors to reduce competition for resources.

Animals might also exploit the fungal internet. Some plants produce compounds to attract friendly bacteria and fungi to their roots, but these signals can be picked up by insects and worms looking for tasty roots to eat.


Host Lisa Autz
Lisa Autz is a staff writer, as well as Host of The Daily Beat and Co-Host of Third Eye Weekly. Lisa has a background in journalism and economics. She enjoys working on stories that shed light on the…