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Plants Release Animal-like Substance When Stressed

Written by on August 3, 2015 in Earth & Space, Nature, Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
Plants Release Animal-like Substance When Stressed

Although plants do not have nervous systems, they respond to stress with chemical and electrical signals that are remarkably similar to those of animals, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, could help to explain why certain plant-derived drugs work so well in humans. At the center of it all is the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which humans and animals, as well as plants, release when they are stressed out.

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