Plants Are Way Cooler Than We Give Them Credit For

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  • Published on Dec 4, 2019
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    How Plants Tell Time
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    Can Houseplants Improve Air Quality?
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    the Earth's Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate
    thexvid.com/video/_tjt8WT5mRs/video.html
    The Terrifying Truth About Bananas
    thexvid.com/video/ex0URF-hWj4/video.html
    Darwin's Darlings: Meat-Eating Plants
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    Plants. Can't. Count. - ...except they kinda can…
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Comments • 367

  • aaron gwayn
    aaron gwayn 9 days ago

    Genetically speaking, plants are more evolved than humans, so who are we to say that we are smarter than them? There are different types of intelligence. Maybe an advanced alien from a different world would view plants or fungus or some other life form on Earth as more interesting and intelligent than humans. Plants are smart enough to help each other out. We should be that smart too. Yang 2020!

  • PoE
    PoE 11 days ago

    She looks so much better without nose jewelry. She doesn't have the nose for it.

  • Vishal Chandan
    Vishal Chandan 13 days ago

    Common she need not read the exact thing on teleprompter.
    After all she's a human
    She should be speaking something on her own. Instead of just read and acting accordingly

    • Vishal Chandan
      Vishal Chandan 13 days ago

      Reason one
      She never takes off her eyes of came at any movement.
      There are no free expression
      And all lines are grammatically correct

  • Jack Gude
    Jack Gude 19 days ago

    Even the plants figured out communism

  • Dichtsau
    Dichtsau 26 days ago

    ...i bet plants are better at math then my mother - today she wasn't able to tell what'd be the outcome if she adds 1/3 to 3/3... x'D

  • Katie
    Katie 27 days ago

    I've watched many of your videos and i was curious to know how much time you spent researching all of the facts? Do you get all of the information that there is on a topic and then make the video or do you only get enough information to make a video without sounding like you have no idea what your talking about?
    I am not criticizing or anything I'm just curious, and as they say curiosity killed the cat.

  • Zephria
    Zephria Month ago

    Anyone else reminded of Star Trek when she talked about the Mycelium network?

  • KeyMoveMedia
    KeyMoveMedia Month ago

    Bananas are berrys, not fruit!

  • Surux Strawde
    Surux Strawde Month ago

    6:55
    Haha, lucky me I have beans, pothos, ginger, tulips, an avocado tree, some bamboo, and random unidentified tiny embryonic leaf plants as well. All in one corner of the dining room between a window and a uv hanging light.

  • animalia555
    animalia555 Month ago

    Would we even know if a plant could “think”? The way they are built is so different from us it’s kind of hard to fathom.

  • Hannah Grumbles
    Hannah Grumbles Month ago

    Does plant DNA interact with human DNA in any form? Does eating genetically identical foods have harmful effects?

  • Carl Fouquet
    Carl Fouquet Month ago

    Love this, you should look into the guy w/ a house plant attached to a lie detector, and fire.

  • Celine Washington
    Celine Washington Month ago

    hey i got a question idk where else to put it
    can ai make scientific discoveries

  • mechtheist
    mechtheist Month ago

    Have you heard about banana plants walking? They shift position over time, supposedly.

  • Sorkabeth
    Sorkabeth Month ago

    You lovely folks are pretty great about captioning your regular videos but...it would be really nice if your compilations were accessible too. Since there's new hosting and description in between the original videos which means we can't just go watch the original videos separately. :(

  • Dave
    Dave Month ago

    Oh good, a rerun.

  • Andrii Povkh
    Andrii Povkh Month ago +1

    Is micro plastic bad for human health?

  • Samuel Barrow
    Samuel Barrow Month ago

    Hank is the reason I watch this channel. Don’t @ me

  • Michele Curlee
    Michele Curlee Month ago

    ..and we think we only need to worry about alien animals! Go team vegan...hahaha...the plants are watching you! Eat them carefully, or they eat you! Come to think of it we’re all future plant fertilizer 😳

  • Thomas Smith
    Thomas Smith Month ago

    How did I get here?!

  • John Drummond
    John Drummond Month ago

    The plot of Avatar just made a lot more sense.

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      The plant scientist this video speaks of said she saw Avatar & was SO excited & thought they had read her research :)

  • Toy Jack
    Toy Jack Month ago

    That's a far stretch of the word "know"

  • ayanomi
    ayanomi Month ago

    The Happening... 0_o

  • Huey Iroquois
    Huey Iroquois Month ago

    I'm curious about the trigger counting in Venus' flytraps. Is it possible that the necessary frequency of the triggers varies if the strength or duration of each trigger varies?

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      @Huey Iroquois you're a weird one! You talk machine jargon, yet you can't figure out how to delete a duplicate comment on a public forum?
      I call troll. cya

    • Huey Iroquois
      Huey Iroquois Month ago

      @Lilac Lizard You must have misunderstood my question. I was wondering whether the triggering mechanism might be as simple as the temporary buildup of a chemical, so that it behaves the way a comparator would if you add a low-pass filter to the input.

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      It doesn't seem to vary, there are other safeguards in place for energy saving & it would take more energy to vary them, remember each leaf is a trap, so that can be a lot of traps to try to keep track of & alter to, especially if a bug is hopping back & forward between each one, as bugs often do

      Also, no I don't know why your comments appear multiple times, but I do know that at the side of each comment are 3 dots, that you can click if you scroll over & then choose to 'delete comment" to easily resolve the issue by removing any doubles without effecting the original

    • Huey Iroquois
      Huey Iroquois Month ago

      Also, does anybody know why comments sometimes appear multiple times when you only posted once?

    • Huey Iroquois
      Huey Iroquois Month ago

      Also, does anybody know why comments sometimes appear multiple times when you only posted once?

  • Huey Iroquois
    Huey Iroquois Month ago

    I'm curious about the trigger counting in Venus' flytraps. Is it possible that the necessary frequency of the triggers varies if the strength or duration of each trigger varies?

  • Ecliptick
    Ecliptick Month ago +1

    3:06 The moment you realize plants have penises.

  • Argamis (SilverComet)
    Argamis (SilverComet) Month ago +1

    This is now more relevant than ever:
    (youtube) . com/watch?v=r6h34kWuk8I
    Invisible - Wallflower Blush & Zedd (Equestria Girls Mashup)
    (~4 minutes)

  • Livia Inga
    Livia Inga Month ago +2

    680 plants?! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

  • Nick Cameron
    Nick Cameron Month ago +1

    Talking about your bit on auxin at 5:20. It isn't that the stem on one side is growing faster than the other side. Auxin flows to the shaded side of the stem and the presence of this auxin causes the cells on that side to elongate. The shaded side isn't growing; the cells themselves are stretching making the shoot bend toward the sun. It's called phototropism

  • Sean Peterson
    Sean Peterson Month ago +1

    Humans had no clue about the power of trees in the ecosystem? Perhaps you should read up on some history, many peoples from around the world have tells of trees of life, and while we may only hear of legends that have survived through oral tradition, these people clearly observed and understood the same concepts about a mother tree and these fungal networks, even if they couldn't explain it like we can now. Not to assume to much, but its funny to me how alot of science based atheists who proclaim evolution, still think ancient people had a smaller brain or something. Since humans have become humans we have had the same brain capacity, only thing that has grown is the bank of knowledge we can share and the means to preserving such knowledge. Most people today are quite dumber than our ancient counterparts, who had applicable knowledge used regularly.

  • Amanda Bubier
    Amanda Bubier Month ago

    I am currently saddened that the P4A Livestream has ended and this is the video that TheXvid suggested I watch next.
    The chat got cut off before I posted my last message so I will put it here
    DFTBA I love you all; see you next year😊💖☮️

  • Vivek
    Vivek Month ago

    The fungal mycelial network is dope

  • Spamlet Spamley
    Spamlet Spamley Month ago

    So what is the factor that makes broadleaved trees shut down for the Winter?
    It makes sense that when times were warm enough for trees to grow in Antarctica, they would not be able to do much in the Winter darkness, so would drop their leaves, but why drop leaves at lower latitudes where it doesn't get dark in the Winter?
    I had been considering this in relation to food supplies with climate change: having to retreat from parts of the world that get too dry or hot, people imagine we make up the loss by being able to grow plants further towards the poles than before, but would there be enough light in the new positions, even if it was warm enough?
    I note that a possible analogy for humans, is the vitamin D 'Winter gap', where the Sun has (so apps say) to be above 30 degrees from the horizon, for the right rays to get through the atmosphere and interact with our skin. Is that the trigger for leaf drop in plants too? Thinking about it, I guess that in natural wooded conditions, taller trees would block the light from the rest when the Sun was low, so it might not be worth hanging on to the leaves: or is it that it actually takes a minimum amount of energy to raise the leaves in the morning, and they simply don't get enough energy to do it when the Sun is low in the Winter?

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      Here's a nice starter article on C4 plants phys.org/news/2018-04-carbon-dioxide-boost-plantgrowth.html

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      They generally only drop in areas cold enough to get snow. Very few deciduous trees in Australia, despite distance from the sun & not really growing in winter. The leaves just cause the trees problems with snow, so easier to drop them & have the leaves act as a blanket on the ground, generating heat as they break down into next spring's fertiliser

      If you want to know about climate change compensations, research C3 v C4 plants & the rice C4 project. C4 plants are those that evolved last time the earth warmed & dried, they can cope with the drier conditions far more efficiently than trees taht are all c3 photosynthsisers

  • Eric D
    Eric D Month ago

    Not even 30 seconds in and you are already lying, plants absolutely do sneak up you while you are walking home in the dark.

  • J McK
    J McK Month ago

    Cannabis plants can “see” color and can tell when fall is coming from light time and light spectrum

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      a lot of plants do, cannabis just differs in that it shares that with the humans that smoke it :)

  • Simon Five
    Simon Five Month ago

    Do your self a favour: lose the nose jewelry. Put your hair up or back. Lose the 1970's Liberian glasses.

  • Noble Fir
    Noble Fir Month ago +1

    Thank you all very much at SciShow for creating this. I like the way you framed things initially by showing that we humans are for more likely to notice and interact with other animals than we are with plants. Your title even implies that as a culture (Western Science based) we don't give plants the attention and valuation they deserve. A term for this phenomenon is "plant blindness" and ,in short, it leads to great misunderstandings and underestimations of the environmental value of plants. This bias extends to the amount of research and research funding compared to studies on humans first and then a sliding scale of animals. Generally the more distantly related, or this appearing to be the case, to humans the less resources are allocated to research them.

    I am a longtime plant nerd, and environmental educator, especially interested in the ecology/natural history of ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest (like Suzanne Simard) ,the places with the most complex CNM as they have the largest and oldest hub/mothers trees of numerous species connected by a myriad of fungi species. I am also drawn to ethnobotany in the broadest sense, that is all interactions between humans and plants. I find plant adaptations to fire and plant speciation and natural regional hybridization, and phytogeography (where plants grow and where they have grown in the past and how the have moved over time and why) fascinating too, I guess most things plants peak my interest and passion and this makes me quite unusual in my culture and I find that sad, sometimes kind of lonely, and also quite terrifying given the trajectory of the global environmental crisis and how impactful the loss of forests, especially ancient forests of all kinds, and the loss plant species and plant genetic diversity and so on...

    So Thanks again for given plants a little more light.

  • KM S
    KM S Month ago +4

    Re: moving plants (knowing what time it is)
    I’m a massive plant nerd and have over 40 plants. Many of them are in the Marantaceae family (arrowroots) one thing every plant in this family has in common is the ability to close their leaves at night.
    The most common is the maranta leuconeura, also known as prayer plant. They have this name because the leaves look like praying hands at night.
    Marantas are my favorite plants, they’re gosh darn awesome.

  • Gajanan Nigade
    Gajanan Nigade Month ago +2

    Leaf-closing & leaf-opening substances.
    *Slow clap*

  • EMIL ATIĆ
    EMIL ATIĆ Month ago

    Wtf did she just say

  • Simon Gaudet
    Simon Gaudet Month ago

    Olivia puts me to sleep😴

  • Jackson Ledford
    Jackson Ledford Month ago

    I hate the top button on his shirt I can't watch

  • nab 6215
    nab 6215 Month ago

    So that's what happened to the bananas.

  • John C
    John C Month ago +4

    Breaking a pulvinis sounds so much more painful than pruning.

  • c'sue Conner
    c'sue Conner Month ago +2

    I thought bananas were sweeter as a child. I just assumed it was my adult taste buds . Thanks for letting me know my memory isn’t as bad as I feared.

    • A HA
      A HA Month ago

      You can start eating bananas at a riper stage if you want them sweeter despite the different breed.

  • Ovi Hentea
    Ovi Hentea Month ago

    I thought 'stuffy air' was caused by the presence of carbon dioxide at higher-than-normal levels, not off-gas?

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    I love plants.

  • Siddharth Jadhav
    Siddharth Jadhav Month ago +2

    please change the narrator... please

  • voidremoved
    voidremoved Month ago

    Jesus mustard partition food.

  • 4one14
    4one14 Month ago

    Here is a great Canadian nature documentary about plant communication:
    The Nature of Things: What Trees Talk About
    thexvid.com/video/_LFvL_iYVaY/video.html

  • Sizano Green
    Sizano Green Month ago

    That last one hurt a bit...

  • صج؟
    صج؟ Month ago

    سبحان الله الخالق البديع شيء عجيب جدا

  • LagiNaLangAko23
    LagiNaLangAko23 Month ago +15

    Plants are cute, even when they're trying to kill you.

  • Nicholas Hay
    Nicholas Hay Month ago +3

    Great compilation about one of my favorite subjects. I'm really surprised you've never covered the case of the Acacia trees in Africa using airborne chemical signals to each other to *collectively* conspire against overgrazing antelope... by poisoning them.

  • Dan Tracy
    Dan Tracy Month ago

    If you look at a single human neuron, it does not have a brain. If you look at a single plant it has no brain. Yes, plants connect chemically through the soil, but perhaps at the speed of light through the air. That banana may have been certain that God created it, genetically. Humans helped with its production.

  • VeganVRking- daGameCat

    #thefutreisVEGAN #SAVETHEAMAZON

    • Carnivorous plants & gardening
      Carnivorous plants & gardening Month ago

      We get you're Vegan none of us needed to know that... This is how arguments start

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      @VeganVRking- daGameCat watch the video! It will explain to you how livestock is saving the planet
      That's if you can make time of course, your consumption of vegetable oils that cause the destruction of the amazon is a pretty fulltime job for you vegans isn't it

    • VeganVRking- daGameCat
      VeganVRking- daGameCat Month ago

      @Lilac Lizard AND you are killing HUMANS and animals AND THE PLANET.

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      you're really really lost aren't you lol

  • Ryugo7 7
    Ryugo7 7 Month ago

    Wanna see my pulvinus?

  • SiggyPony
    SiggyPony Month ago

    Indoor plants increase humidity which can mean worse mold problems if your already have moisture issues in your house, because your basically pouring water into a air humidifying device (plant) lol. I got rid of my plants and got a dehumidifier instead, that made much more of a difference.

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      in homes/offices with air conditioners, dry air can be a serious problem. Plants are very valuable in that setting in restoring natural moisture levels to the air

  • Clockwork King
    Clockwork King Month ago +1

    I read recently that cities have a major problem. The trees planted in most cities (at least american cities) are almost always male. This may sound like a ridiculous "feminism is crazy" issue but male plants produce way more pollen and female trees absorb that pollen. The result is more allergies for people who do not do well with pollen. There's also the fact that most city trees are not native to their region and are basically just decoration. I vote we either replace them with fruit or nut trees or we plant native trees, also fix the sexual disparity in trees.
    Source: an old atlasobscura article (search atlas obscura website and find the article about tree sex, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes, remind me later if you want and I'll be less lazy and find it).

    • Lilac Lizard
      Lilac Lizard Month ago

      so you mean authorities are raping people with tree sperm?
      I'm glad I don't live in America lol we don't have that issue here! We just plant native, multi-sex trees that also act as wildlife corridors to let our native animals share our cities with us :)

  • Zack Morrison
    Zack Morrison Month ago +1

    Nyctinasty would be my "stage name." People would come from miles around to watch my pulvinus move to the rhythm! =)