Plants affected by noise pollution

It's not just wheat that has ears! Noise is having a knock-on effect on plant reproduction across the field...
30 April 2021
Presented by Chris Smith
Production by Katie Haylor.


A germinating seedling


Noise pollution can be rather difficult to live with, whether it’s heavy traffic or noisy neighbours. And in a surprising twist, it turns out that plants are also impacted by too much noise, although not in the way you might expect. Jenny Phillips from Texas A&M in San Antonio has been studying the seedlings of native trees around gas wells in New Mexico. She’s found that noise pollution can drive away the animals that some plants rely on to spread their seeds, as she explained to Katie Haylor...



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