Plants have senses like us, scientists say. But perhaps we are curious to know how these senses work, or in other words, can plants see, hear or even think like us?
Does the plant see, hear and think like us?
Plants generally see, hear and think, and also have reactions to surrounding events, but quite differently from humans.
Plants have a wide range of senses that enable them to interact with chemicals, gravity, pressure, air, humidity, inflammation, temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide, invasion of parasites, diseases, physical disorders, sound, and touch.
Plants generally use their cells as we use our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. More specifically, the plants pick up the electrical, chemical signals from the environment and then process that information, releasing the hormones of electrical and chemical signals, as a natural reaction to the plants.
For example, some plants can use one cell to focus light on another cell and then process that information and use it to react to the environment (for example, this explains why plants grow toward the sun). We can say that this is how she can see, even though the optical receptors do not work exactly like human beings.
Generally, plants work with the same logic to identify smells, sounds, and texture
For example, some plants feel the insects running on their leaves, so the leaves shrink as a defense mechanism. Similarly, some small flowering plants can “hear” themselves and are eaten by other insects through vibrations and thus release chemicals.
Fruitful plants can also smell the aroma of the chemical pheromone, and thus ripen the fruits faster.
In addition, plants communicate with other living organisms, such as mushrooms, and this is done by passing messages between each other by roots through the fungus.