Scientific literature allows you to switch the dilemma of “if plants perceive sound”, moving directly to the next question: “how do they do it?” And then: “how do they interpret what they hear?” Some phenomena are already known: the roots they know how to perceive the sound of flowing water and are directed towards its source, while the perception and recognition of the buzz of pollinators allows plants to minimize the waste of pollen. Plants have developed and continue to develop systems of perception, processing and response to signals from the surrounding environment with the aim of surviving, adapting and thriving. The parallelism between plant and animal biology received an alternating charm over time, and up to a recent and now outdated past, the scientific community has sometimes been reluctant to accept the hypothesis that plants are more intelligent and more sensitive to environmental stimuli than you might think. Past, fortunately, passed.

drawing by Silvia Fornaciari, PhD
…let’s go to sleep…