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Plant Communication Research: 'Taking Root'

UC Davis ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

It's not outlandish now, if it ever were. A recent article in Science headlined "Once Considered Outlandish, the Idea that Plants Help their Relatives Is Taking Root," and dealing with how plants communicate, is drawing widespread...

UC Davis ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.
UC Davis ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

UC Davis ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

Christian Nansen Lab: Groundbreaking Research on Plant-to-Plant Communication

An illustration of plant-plant communication by the Christian Nansen lab, in the Plant Methods journal

Professor Rick Karban of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, author of the landmark book, Plant Sensing and Communication (University of Chicago Press), says that plants can eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment, and can...

An illustration of plant-plant communication by the Christian Nansen lab, in the Plant Methods journal
An illustration of plant-plant communication by the Christian Nansen lab, in the Plant Methods journal

An illustration of plant-plant communication by the Christian Nansen lab, in the Plant Methods journal

Rick Karban, UC Davis Expert on Plant Communication, Named ESA Fellow

Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

Congrats, Rick Karban! We just received word that noted ecologist Richard “Rick” Karban, professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has been named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for “his...

Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.
Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

UC Davis Researchers: Woolly Bear Caterpillars Pick Winner of U.S. Presidential Campaign

UC Davis researchers Rick Karban (left) and his graduate student Eric LoPresti with their chart linking  woolly bear caterpillars  to U.S. Presidential elections. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Score another win for those woolly bear caterpillars. For the past three decades, woolly bear caterpillars have accurately predicted a Republican or Democrat win in the U.S. Presidential elections. This year, despite the pollsters, pundits and...

UC Davis researchers Rick Karban (left) and his graduate student Eric LoPresti with their chart linking  woolly bear caterpillars  to U.S. Presidential elections. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis researchers Rick Karban (left) and his graduate student Eric LoPresti with their chart linking woolly bear caterpillars to U.S. Presidential elections. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis researchers Rick Karban (left) and his graduate student Eric LoPresti with their chart linking woolly bear caterpillars to U.S. Presidential elections. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of U.S. Presidential election predictions (red designates Republicans and blue, Democrats).
Close-up of U.S. Presidential election predictions (red designates Republicans and blue, Democrats).

Close-up of U.S. Presidential election predictions (red designates Republicans and blue, Democrats).

A woolly bear caterpillar on Bodega Head in 2011. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A woolly bear caterpillar on Bodega Head in 2011. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A woolly bear caterpillar on Bodega Head in 2011. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillars eating lupine in 2008 on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Woolly bear caterpillars eating lupine in 2008 on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillars eating lupine in 2008 on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Plants Can Eavesdrop, Sense Danger

Ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

Plants can eavesdrop. They can sense danger.  So says ecologist Richard 'Rick' Karban, professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and author of the newly published book,  Plant Sensing and Communication...

Ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.
Ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

Ecologist Rick Karban has researched plant communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.

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