Industrial roar changes nearby plant reproduction

Plants don’t need ears to show signs of noise pollution

7:29am, March 21, 2012

Noise pollution can stomp its soundprint on plants, a study of motors chugging in a Western forest finds.

Of course, plants don’t have ears, but birds and other animals hear the throb of humankind’s motors. The uproar drives away some species and sometimes encourages others, swapping their various influences on plants, says Clinton Francis of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, N.C.

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