Shipping Order-delays may occur as we are Updating Inventory

Wood Wives Journal — npr RSS



Plants talk, plants listen.

NEXT TIME WE SMELL THAT SCENT AFTER FRESH CUT GRASS OR PICKING FLOWERS, NOW WE KNOW IT IS A PLANT SCREAMING. When a leafy plant is under attack, it doesn't sit quietly. Back in 1983, two scientists, Jack Schultz and Ian Baldwin, reported that young maple saplings getting bitten by insects release a spurt of chemicals that float through the air. You and I wouldn't notice, but these chemicals carry a slight odor that neighboring plants can detect. It's a little like a silent scream. The chemicals the plants pump through the air are a blend of organic molecules — alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and esters — known as volatile organic compounds, VOCs for short. They pump out attractants — perfumes designed to lure...

Continue reading