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Family comes First

Updated on April 6, 2012

We as humans strive for family. We grow up in a family. Want a family of our own and strive to keep it in harmony and peace. We want our family to grow and thrive and feel happy if there is success. We also feel sad if any of the family member is not doing well. Our emotions run according to their statuses. We are bound to their welfare.

In relation to the title of my hub, I came across a very interesting article where they talk about plants also showing a similar trait.

Pasted some interesting facts from the article below:-

Caring and sharing within the family are traits we find in humans and animals. As the saying goes that, "Blood is thicker than Water."

In a recent study, plants are also found to observe the above principle.

They cannot speak, move, see or hear, but plants apparently recognize family and respect their space. It was studied by scientist Harsh Bais and his colleagues at the University of Delaware. In a span of 3 years they studied atleast 3,000 plants. A plant from the mustard family which is widely used as a model organism in plant biology, behaves nicely to ‘siblings’ – i.e. plants grown from seeds from the same ‘mother’. Interestingly, it is intensely competitive with strangers.

Fascinating and unbelievable though this may be, talk of plants and their ‘siblings’ is not new. In 2007, a team of Canadian researchers showed that plants can indeed identify ‘siblings’. But Bais and his team went a step further by discovering how a plant recognizes its ‘brother’ or ‘sister’, namely by root secretions. When the plant sensed unfamiliar root secretions, it began competing by growing more roots in order to absorb more of the soil’s mineral nutrients and water. But with ‘siblings’, they threw out fewer roots. When Bais treated a plant to a chemical that blocked the secretions, it seemed to lose its discriminatory sense. Clearly, there is something in these secretions that tells a plant whether it is related to others around it.

Strangers planted next to each other are often shorter, because so much of their energy is concentrated on root growth.

Ponder on this...

All living beings treasure their kins and stock. Humans tend to either take them for granted or don't care until they are gone. We are the smartest species on this planet so, let's wake up and learn from our environment.

Treasuring, respecting and loving our family will make us tolerant towards other people and this could help change our society by seeing a decrease in number of blood baths seen and read in the news.

A change in our society towards the betterment will help evolve peace loving children and that will make our neighborhood safe.


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    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Shampa. always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Thanks for the votes and sharing...appreciate it!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Susan. I am glad you found the above interesting.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello Ruchira,

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

      This is a very useful and interesting hub. I truly enjoyed it and gained some knowledge. Thanks for sharing and sharing it socially.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Never knew this about plants and found this very interesting.