Do plants have feelings? I'm so happy that you enjoyed this topic! My sweet kitty has made a cozy nest in my polar fleece blanket where she spends her time napping. Plants can sense water, light, and gravity — they can even defend themselves and send signals to other plants to warn that danger is here, or near. Not in a poetic, metaphorical sort of way but real feelings? Plants also produce both attractive and defensive messenger chemicals called pheromones, much like humans, animals, and insects. (One of these plants is a Fiddle Leaf Fig, if that makes a difference.) Here’s why: I miss the daily treats and the Pip Pop Awards. Question: Do you believe that plants have feelings like us? If anything gets in the way of a plant succeeding in its only job — to grow, it will respond and do what is necessary to survive. Many religions believe plants possess souls. Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on May 22, 2017: Hello manatita. All the functions are spread across the entire “body” of the plant. Just like us, plants have skin that reacts to the environment around them, and this is crucial to their survival. Hope to see you back at the Inn. . I always appreciate your kindness. But plants don’t have that ability—nor do they have nervous systems or brains—so they may have … I love the projectile seeds! Science podcast for kids Educación para niños Escuchar en Apple Podcasts. While humans, animals, and plants all have unique systems for connecting and each has a distinct cry for help, plants don’t have the same cortex and therefore, do not think and feel in the same way humans and animals do. more ways to subscribe. Thanks for commenting. It's a troubling scenario for salad lovers squeamish at the thought of eating foods with feelings, and for them the answer may not be that appetizing. Mythbusters puts the experiments of Cleve Backster to test, man who claimed that every living being is connected and proved it with a polygraph machine. :) I think my favorite lab though for this class is to visit the quaking bog close to campus. If it doesn't move on, it will find itself a victim of the quickly snapping trap. Once the tree is dead however, it no longer has that capability - then termites move in to finish the job. Fishing hook inside of a seven-week-old puppy. “Plants have feelings too!” Often infuriated by such statements, many vegans predictably reply that plant sentience is regarded as pseudoscience, or that animal agriculture actually dramatically increases the amount of plants “killed” for food. Over the past 20 years, scientists have found that all kinds of trees and plants like sagebrush, barley, corn, and yes, bean plants, release VOCs when they're being invaded. To the skeptic, the idea that plants have feelings or feel pain is ridiculous. If they are short on nutrients, if they don’t have anything to eat or drink, if they need to defend themselves, if they need to reproduce or communicate, if they need to have a social life, all of which are fundamental for plants, they have to find a way to do these things without moving. They detect sounds, they defend themselves against insect attacks and they can even send each other secret messages through the wind! :). My best to you always and much affection to Mr. Gabriel and Miss Tiffy, I would like to think that 'everything' has feelings - even inanimate objects - lol - and certain plants respond to sun/light and water and location and temperature - and I always respond to your wonderful hubs and your friendship so here I sit and it's never too late to send you warm sincere wishes for your continued health, happiness and prosperity and more creativity and writing too from the three of us, Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel on a cold night at lake erie time ontario canada 9:39pm after a week of the January thaw we are getting the cold temperatures now - last week was mild and rain - now I think it's too cold to snow - lol -, The Kennedy Centre Honors on CBS (you can find it on You Tube) paid tribute to Led Zeppelin and last year it was The Who. My best to you:). The winding of tendrils around a pole is an example of a thigmotropic response. :). They detect sounds, they defend themselves against insect attacks and they can even send each other secret messages through the wind! Subscribe . Catherine's writing reflects her life-long love of nature. This class is usually mostly freshman who are just starting out in their biology or environmental science majors, so when we find these plants out on our field trips, it's really difficult to get everyone back on task. I'll be by soon for another Bloody Mary w/ an extra hit of tabasco and a celery stick. In the botanical world, just as in our human one, living things are equipped to avoid danger and seek optimal conditions for survival. And if so, what the heck does this mean? Nastic responses, however, are often faster and can readily be seen with the naked eye. I'm glad that you enjoyed this hub. Now that I've read your hub, I shudder at the thought of the stomach ache that poor eucalyptus tree must have had. “Plants have feelings too!” Often infuriated by such statements, many vegans predictably reply that plant sentience is regarded as pseudoscience, or that animal agriculture actually dramatically increases the amount of plants “killed” for food. Dave from Lancashire north west England on January 18, 2014: The more I read about plants the more questions I find I need to find an answer too. Do plants have feelings? In 1970 Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, authors of the best-selling book, The Secret Life of Plants, claimed that plants did indeed have emotions and intuitive capabilities. Answer: Stimuli would refer to anything that interacts with the plant. Here's a video of them exploding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tp08jHeatc . Does this prove plants have feelings? The interior of the trunk had been eaten by termites. As it turns out, the answer to this question can be complex. posts, etc. Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 29, 2012: I agree. Yes plants have feelings. . She has picked over our collection, and I took her to Amoeba Records in Hollywood recently where we scoured the bins of vintage R&R. This is the case for carnivorous plants like the Venus Fly Trap, Dionaea muscipula, which thrives in the peat bogs of both North and South Carolina. To the skeptic, the idea that plants have feelings or feel pain is ridiculous. In this experiment, they took two identical potted plants and placed them in a school. Do Plants Like Music? It's a plant's … Yes, plants are able to feel vibration, heat, cold, moisture,drought, and touch. Our local termites must be different to yours because our termites have no respect for how healthy a tree is when they decide to move in. The smell of a newly mown lawn is the chemical released to signal that the grass is under distress. Plants have no brain or central nervous system, which means they can’t feel anything. Meal time and the plant gets its much-needed nutrients to survive. LongTimeMother from Australia on January 23, 2013: A large eucalyptus tree nearby snapped in a strong wind a few days ago. This ability serves the plant community through the release of messenger chemicals which can warn of danger, aid in pollination, and help with overall survival. To do this, he invented the crescograph, an early oscillating recorder using clockwork gears and a smoked glass plate to measure the growth and movements of plants in increments as small as 1/100,000 of an inch. "Plants feel pain, vegans are monsters." But let’s dive a bit deeper. One of my favorite adaptations is that of certain plants whose seed pods 'explode' when they're brushed...or poked by an eager Ecology student. This explains why plants grow up toward the light and why roots grow into the earth toward water. Answer: No. She advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things. Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on September 29, 2012: Well Mhatter, let's just say our interests aren't always mainstream. I always put my houseplants together, in groups, and play music. Answer: There are many who believe that plants have feelings and can react to human emotions, sad or cheerful music, etc. Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on January 18, 2014: I always enjoy reading your fact-filled presentations about plants and their medicinal uses too. Anyone who has touched the sensitive plant and witnessed its instantaneous wilting has surely wondered if plants really do have feelings. Plants, however, do not have such analogous structures. In 2005, botanist Stephano Mancuso discovered that plant roots have communication receptors that function much like human neurons.