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Plants lack eyes and ears, but they can still see, hear, smell and respond to environmental cues and dangers. They do this with the aid of hundreds of membrane proteins that sense microbes or other stresses. Researchers now have created the first network map for 200 of these proteins. The map shows how a few key proteins act as master nodes critical for network integrity, and the map also reveals unknown interactions. (1)

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Regarding light, the proteins PCH1 and PCHL help plants adapt to their surroundings. Plants use the photoreceptor protein phytochrome B to see light and then regulate processes such as seed germination, seedling development, longitudinal growth and flower formation. (2)

We hold our senses to very high esteem.

And we tend to forget that they are just interactions.

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Interactions between lifeless particles.

Meaning nothing without a conscious being interpreting them…

Touch the tree. It is not there.

Until you start singing…

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