David Attenborough: ‘Plants can hear!’

Sir David Attenborough says the latest scientific research has shown the first clear evidence that plants can hear.

The 87-year-old naturalist reckons that Prince Charles has been right all along – plants really are listening!

“It’s still hot science and not fully understood, but a scientist in Bristol is showing that when a rootlet comes down it actually makes a tiny, tiny, tiny noise, far fainter than our ears can detect,” he explains in the new issue of TV Times, out today.

“So the root makes a noise as it grows down and if another root is growing nearby, you can demonstrate that, as a consequence, it will actually grow away. It’s extraordinary.”

The broadcaster will explore the hearing of plants further in David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, to be shown on Eden next year.