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July 24, 2014 Volume 35, No. 34

Plant study stokes media interest

A study by two MU researchers on “hearing” plants created a lot of media interest in July.

The study showed how plants chemically repel leaf-chewing insects after sensing them through vibrations. The researchers were Professor Heidi Appel and Professor Rex Cocroft.

The New York Times and other major media outlets wrote stories on the research. 

An MU video received more than 109,000 views between July 1, when MU News Bureau release the story, and July 11.