Recently, scientists discovered that plants could absorb energy from other plants in a groundbreaking study. Due to this, the entire scientific world could be turned upside down, because of the fact that it would provide evidence that humans could absorb energy from one another in a similar manner.
The research team was lead by Dr. Olaf Kruse, and for the first time ever, they were able to prove that the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii can not only engage in photosynthesis, but that is can also draw an alternative form of energy. This energy would come from various other plants located around the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The study was then published in the Nature Communications journal online.
In order for us to grow, we need necessary energies such as calories from food, minerals from water, oxygen, and sunlight drawn from our surroundings. Conversely, plants need sunlight, food, and water as well, along with carbon dioxide.
In order to conduct his study, Kruse and his team of researchers planted the tiny green alga species and then observed it during a period when it was unable to receive its typical sources of energy. Due to their shortage, they began pulling energies from single-cell plants located around them. They were able to accomplish this by creating enzymes which digested the cellulose from the other plants in order to grow.
“This is the first time that such a behavior has been confirmed in a vegetable organism’, says Professor Kruse. ‘That algae can digest cellulose contradicts every previous textbook. To a certain extent, what we are seeing is plants eating plants.”
Continuing, he compared the behavior to human beings. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions.”
While speaking in regards to how this discovery would affect scientific studies on humans and how they could possibly feed off of one another, Badar-Lee explained,