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Rick Karban of the University of California-Davis and his colleagues have discovered that plants the plants are talking to themselves.
These researchers discovered that when a sagebrush plant is cut (as when it has been bitten by a herbivore), it releases chemical compounds that communicate with other branches that are genetically identical. By communicating with itself in this way, the plant is able to coordinate a counter-attack to decrease its likelihood of being further damaged by herbivores. The article can be found here.
Knowing that even plants are talking to themselves makes me feel a bit better about doing it myself.