A cabbage butterfly caterpillar feeds on an Arabidopsis plant in this undated photo. On an adjacent leaf, a piece of reflective tape helps record vibrations. Scientists at the University of Missouri determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants by stepping up their defenses.
A cabbage butterfly caterpillar feeds on an Arabidopsis plant in this undated photo. On an adjacent leaf, a piece of reflective tape helps record vibrations. Scientists at the University of Missouri determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants by stepping up their defenses. The Washington Post
A cabbage butterfly caterpillar feeds on an Arabidopsis plant in this undated photo. On an adjacent leaf, a piece of reflective tape helps record vibrations. Scientists at the University of Missouri determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants by stepping up their defenses. The Washington Post

Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

July 07, 2014 05:41 PM