Biomagnetism of plants
Plant biomagnetism refers to the ability of plants to generate weak magnetic fields or respond to external magnetic fields. Although plants do not have sensory organs specifically dedicated to detecting magnetic fields, scientific studies have shown that plants are sensitive to magnetic fields and can react to them.
Plants contain magnetic particles, called magnetites, which are present in different parts of the plant, such as roots, stems, leaves and fruit. These magnetites act as tiny magnetic compasses within plant cells and can help them sense and orient themselves relative to the Earth’s magnetic fields.
Studies have shown that plants can exhibit physiological and behavioral responses to magnetic fields. For example, some plants may align their roots and stems differently in response to external magnetic fields. Other studies have shown that magnetic fields can affect plant growth rate, seed germination, root growth direction and other physiological functions.
However, despite the studies conducted to date, the precise mechanism by which plants sense and respond to magnetic fields is still not fully understood. More research is needed to fully understand the details of this magnetic ability of plants.
Furthermore, it is important to note that plant biomagnetism has not yet found significant practical applications in agriculture or other disciplines. Potential future applications could include manipulating magnetic fields to influence plant growth or improve crop yields, but at present these possibilities remain primarily under research and study.