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Green Leaf Volatile

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Context: Researchers from Japan have conducted groundbreaking research on plant-plant communication through volatile organic compounds (VOCs) called Green Leaf Volatile (GLV). Using real-time fluorescence imaging, they visualized how plants take up VOCs released by damaged neighbours, leading to calcium-dependent defence responses against potential threats.


The research also revealed that guard cells, responsible for stomatal function, play a crucial role in VOC perception.

GLVs are common constituents of herbivore-infested plant volatiles. GLVs play an important role in plant defence.

Significance: This discovery enhances understanding of the intricate communication network among plants for timely defence responses. The findings showcase nature’s remarkable adaptations and have broader implications beyond plant science