Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about plants have feelings too. Although plants may “hear” their predators, “smell” their neighbors, and even “imitate” the forms of their hosts, they have evolved to be very sensitive to their surroundings. When they encounter predators, injury, or disturbances in their surroundings, this may cause them stress.
To penetrate the earth, plants utilize their roots to spread out. Certain plants, like the Venus flytrap, have specialized leaves that can detect and react to touch.
Plants produce defense compounds and increase the sugar content in their nectar in response to certain noises, such as caterpillars crunching on leaves, to attract possible bees.
Plants produce their food through photosynthesis, but taste and smell depend on specialized sensors detecting chemicals. They employ this process to locate nutrients in the soil, steer clear of harmful compounds, “smell out” their neighbors and locate family members.
Along with fungus, they also create mycorrhizal networks that may exchange signals of alarm as well as carbon, nutrients, and water. These findings show that forests are more than just a collection of trees and have major consequences for forest ecology.
Plants use their sense of sight to navigate their surroundings and are capable of detecting a wide range of light types, from ultraviolet to infrared. In a manner comparable to people and animals, they may also get overstimulated and stressed out, as well as paralyzed to lose their sensitivity. Plants are intricate and dynamic creatures that continually adapt to their surroundings. Thank you.