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Water Your Plants but Don’t Touch Them

Touch the Soil News #1217 (Feature photo – Watering Plants – CCA SA 2.0 Generic)

La Trobe University in Australia has just come up with some revealing research – plants don’t like to be touched. And it’s not just human touch that plants don’t like. They don’t like to be touched by animals, insects or even other plants in the wind.

When touched, plants respond with a major genetic defense mechanism that drains their energy and reduces crop yields. You can read a summary from La Trobe University here:

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2018/release/plants-dont-like-touch,-new-study-finds

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