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30 Minutes West Awarded STEM Grant for Upcoming Episode “Early Bloom”

We’re excited to announce that the Public Radio Exchange, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, have awarded 30 Minutes West a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant for their upcoming episode, “Early Bloom”.


About “Early Bloom”

When UW researcher David Rhoades discovered that plants could communicate with each other, he was laughed out of science. But now, three decades later, science is reconsidering.

Researchers now view Rhoades’ work as the first scientifically valid evidence of plant signaling—how plants react to each other—and it has spawned its own sub-field of study, called “plant neurobiology” which is essentially the study of plant intelligence. Yet the difficulty of translating what these plants are doing into language we can understand has raised interesting questions about what it means to “think”, “decide” and “communicate”: if plants do everything we do, just through different mechanisms, what happens to the boundary between flora and fauna?

Look for the radio edition of “Early Bloom” on your local station in September, and a half-hour podcast episode soon after.