Jan 12, 2013

How do different kinds of music affect plant growth?

In experiments done in the 1960s and 1970s, plants responded best to classical and Indian devotional music. In a controlled environment, plants exposed to these kinds of music had lush and abundant growth and good root development. Exposure to country music or silence brought about no abnormal growth reaction, while jazz produced more abundant growth. With rock music, plants did poorly. Their roots were scrawny and sparse and they seemed to be in a dying stage. Plants exposed solely to white noise died quickly. (The Handy Science Answer Book, compiled by the Science and Technology department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)