Plants need the company of other plants to grow, research shows

05/8/2013 | Our Amazing Planet

Seedlings need the company of other plants to grow properly, say researchers at the University of Western Australia. Scientists say chili pepper seeds germinated poorly without adult basil plants nearby, but grew better with company, even if vibration was the only signal the plants could receive. Those vibrations, researchers say, allow the plants to "talk" to one another and help the seeds thrive.

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