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Cute Moss Balls roam the North Pole ice together

plant
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

This topic is intended to provide a perspective on plants and a hint that it may be applicable to discover what it takes to make plants happy when using them as house decoration.

Herds of moss balls mysteriously roam the North Pole together

Glacier mice (moss balls) live on the ice and move by rolling. Scientists recently discovered that they move in herds across the ice.

The moss is not propelled by a slope, the wind or the sun, but the group moves in sync.

The glacier moss balls move together across the ice. Bartholomaus compares this to a school of fish or a flock of birds.

Bartholomaus said he hopes future generations will one day "sort out these great mysteries."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herds-moss-balls-mysteriously-roam-arctic-together-180975019/


Flower pot as a bird cage for a plant?

A question that might be relevant for this forum: Given the evidence that plants are social creatures that network and communicate with other plants through their roots, is it morally justified to keep plants in a pot?

Recent scientific studies show that plants physically have what is needed for consciousness.

The root system of plants contains many neurotransmitters that are also present in the human brain, including dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and histamine. Recent discoveries indicate that the root system of plants can grow many billions of cells at the tips of the roots that function in the same way as brain neurons. For some plants, it would result in a number of neurons that rival those of the human brain.

Recently surprising similarities between plant cells and neurons

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2884105/

New research on plant intelligence may forever change how you think about plants

https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

A happy plant may contribute to a happy homely atmosphere. Perhaps the information provides inspiration.

Comments (4)

  • floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK
    2 months ago

    That certainly qualifies for inclusion in ‘Plants for difficult places’. Not so sure about ’Houseplants’.

  • plant
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    The subject is indirectly relevant for house plants. I have updated the message with additional information and a question.


  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱
    2 months ago

    I think the only real question here is, “Does rolling moss gather no stones?”

    tj

  • plant
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    The following article may be of interest as well:

    Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

    Plants, according to professor Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".

    This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and insects. He knows his stuff.

    http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170109-plants-can-see-hear-and-smell-and-respond