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Tomato plant turns small worms into cannibals!

For many many years I strongly believed that plants were helpless creatures, slowly trying to make some space for themselves between the concrete jungles and cultivated land that humans occupy. Dependent on the Earth, the Sun and the rains for their survival, plants were still toiling to give away to the world the sweet fruits of their labour and the precious oxygen that we simply cannot do without. 

But as I continue to read about plants while researching for this blog, I realized many things about plants. First and foremost, just like our own guts, they have their own microbiomes and work closely with other microbes for their own survival. If that was not sufficient, I also learnt that plants can actually sense when a herbivore attacks them and can be quite patient with the herbivore, before they decide to release certain chemicals that make the leaves taste so awful that the herbivore probably does not want to eat it anymore. Although it becomes a tasty delight for us is a different…