Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
I think one of the coolest things I have learned about plants is that they can “talk” to each other through chemicals in the air. When a plant is being damaged by an insect, they can release chemicals into the air that can potentially warn other plants near them that they are likely to get attacked by the same species of insect. When neighboring plants pick up on these chemicals, they can defend their leaves faster and are more prepared to repel the feeding insect than if they had not been “warned” by the damaged plant. I think many of us tend to think of plants as very passive participants in the interactions they have with other plants or animals, but there are a lot of interesting processes they are doing that are worth appreciating!