Have you ever wondered if plants have feelings or if they can feel pain? Someone who is skeptical would say this is ridiculous.
Despite this, there are several studies that show plants may in fact respond, like most human beings, to sound. The study that proved most interesting was by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, an Indian plant physiologist and physicist.
Bose spent a lifetime researching and studying the various environmental responses of plants. He concluded that plants react to the attitude with which they were nurtured. He also proved that plants are sensitive to factors in the external environment, such as light, cold, heat, and noise.
Many of us know that plants feed of the sun and therefore a plant will adapt its posture and position to benefit from the sun the best it can. In addition to this, some plants will grow better in different climates around the world. Aloe Vera, Cactus and Sunflowers all strive in hot climates, however Pansies, Carrots and Violets can all with-stand the cold weather.
Singh replicated the experiment with field crops using a particular type of raga played through a gramophone and loudspeakers. Raga is the pattern of notes each expressing different modes and characteristic progressions in Indian Classical music.
The size of crops increased between 25% to 60% above the regional average
He also experimented on the effects of vibrations caused by bare-foot dancing. After exposed to dancers performing Bharata-Natyam, India's most ancient dance style, with no musical accompaniment, several flowering plants, including petunias and marigold, flowered two weeks earlier than controlled plants.
So, an electric guitar? Piano? He concluded that the sound of the violin has the greatest effect on plant growth. Canadian engineer Eugene Canby exposed wheat to J.S. Bach's violin sonata and observed a 66% increase in yield. Canby's research reinforces Singh’s findings.
He also discovered that if seeds were to be fed with music and were later germinated, they produced plants that have more leaves, were of greater size, and have other improved characteristics. It practically changed the plant's genetic chromosomes!
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And there’s no issue if the speaker gets wet, or a little dirty, as it’s waterproof.
This post was written by Adam Jones.