Flower Power Garden Hour 27: Plant Communication and Defense, with Dr. Richard Karban

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Dr. Richard Karban is a researcher at UC Davis, where he is an expert in the field of plant defenses and plant-insect interactions. His studies with sagebrush and how they “communicate” to decrease herbivore predation has been groundbreaking. Plant communication has been a hotly contested discussion for the better part of a decade. Although the general consensus in the scientific community now is that plant communication DOES occur, the mechanism(s) by which this happens is not well known or agreed upon.

Watch Dr Karban’s TED-Ed talk on Plant Communication here

Check out Wired Magazine’s article on Dr Karban here

Find Dr Karban’s book Plant Sensing and Communication here

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