Can Plants And Trees Feel And Sense?

Perhaps you have found yourself arguing with one of your friends about why you are such a strong protestor to the idea of deforestation. Then, the conversation takes that direction where you start talking about the emotional aspects of cutting trees down and how a plant also feels pain when it is uprooted. As your friends starts to explains the immense pain that a tree must feel when it is being cut down, it’s hard not to wonder: do plants really feel and sense what is going on around them?

This is one of those questions that confuse and amaze many people, particularly those who are staunch supporters of protecting the environment and preserving forests around the world.

As it turns out, plants do have a few “human” senses, such as hearing, reaction to touch, and so on, but what about emotions and feelings of pain?

You would be surprised to know that there are many things that a plant does and can sense that easily escape our attention as humans. While flowers may not be able to weep, and trees don’t cry out in pain, if you’re interested in this sort of thing, you should definitely watch this video and enter the amazing world of plants!


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  2. Birds And The Bees – The Guardian
  3. How Do Plants Sense A Change In The Environment? – University of California, Santa Barbara Science Line
  4. Plants feel the force – The Source Washington University in St. Louis
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Ashish is a Science graduate (Bachelor of Science) from Punjabi University (India). He spends a lot of time watching movies, and an awful lot more time discussing them. He likes Harry Potter and the Avengers, and obsesses over how thoroughly Science dictates every aspect of life… in this universe, at least.

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