Why is it in the news?
- Japanese researchers conducted groundbreaking research on plant-plant communication via Green Leaf Volatile (GLV) volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
More about the news
- Real-time fluorescence imaging was employed to visualize plants absorbing VOCs released by damaged neighbours, triggering calcium-dependent defence responses.
- Guard cells, responsible for stomatal function, were identified as crucial in the perception of VOCs.
- GLVs, common in herbivore-infested plant volatiles, play a key role in plant defence mechanisms.
- The discovery deepens understanding of plant communication networks, facilitating timely defence responses.
- The findings highlight nature’s remarkable adaptations and extend beyond plant science with broader implications.