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Sep
18

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Get touchy feely with plants: Gently rubbing them with your fingers can make them less susceptible to disease
Forget talking to plants to help them grow, gently rubbing them with your fingers can make them less susceptible to disease, a new article reveals. Gently rubbing the leaves of thale cress plants (Arabidsopsis thaliana) between thumb and forefinger activates an innate defense mechanism, scientists report. Within minutes, biochemical changes occur, causing the plant to become more resistant to Botrytis cinerea, the fungus that causes grey mould. ;

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2 comments

  1. Andrew Carpenter
    Andrew Carpenter says:

    Try this with a cactus.

  2. Bob Lai
    Bob Lai says:

    Not feeling the love with Poison Ivy, either.

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