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Science Discovery of the Day

 - Jun 25, 2007   Updated: Apr 28 2011
References: news.nationalgeographic & news.nationalgeographic
Researchers have found that living plants can recognize kin through their root systems. Botanists can control plant development by placing certain plants near others that will produce the desired result.

Scientists have always known that animals have the ability to tell family from strangers, allowing them to cooperate and share resources, but plants may possess similar social skills, they believe.

Implications - It's a little crazy thinking that plants have a way of socializing. The discovery, uncovered at McMaster University, that plants can recognize their kin is almost hard to believe. It just goes to show that there is still so much that science has to learn and understand about the natural world.