Plants may lack eyes and ears, but they can still see, hear, smell and respond to environmental cues and dangers, a new study reveals. They do this with the aid of hundreds of membrane proteins that sense microbes or other stresses. Researchers now have created the first network map for 200 of these proteins. The map shows how a few key proteins act as master nodes critical for network integrity, and the map also reveals unknown interactions.
Read more about the study here: http://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/9050-breakthrough-study-shows-how-plants-sense-the-world