Is there any effect of noise on plants? This is something strange but according to an ecologist, Clinton Francis, the answer to this question is yes. People since long use to chat with their flower pots but according to Francis, this is something unhealthy for them.
Till now, no other researcher has ever even tried to think about this aspect much before because everyone knows that plants don’t have ears, which could be affected with noise or noise pollution. But Clinton Francis, who is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Evolutionary Synthesis center in North Carolina on plants, has changed this perception of all.
He has spent last few years in northwestern New Mexico, for studying noise pollution in Rattlesnake Canyon. According to him, among numerous trees in this area of Canyon, there exist thousands of natural gas wells and about one third of them are pressurized with loud compressors.
As told by him, "They run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the exception of periodic maintenance. So they are going all the time".
Due to this, some juniper trees and pinon pines in Canyon have been twisted or bent. This has simply ruined the landscape of high mesas and rough standstone cliffs.
Its been 7 years that Francis was trying to understand the impact of noise pollution on the birds of Canyon also. He’s been studying how they react to the compressors' non-stop racket. And he found that there is a change in the population of different species found here. Like Black-chinned hummingbirds, are found in large numbers in this area because they prefer to settle in really noisy landscapes. And on the same time, western scrub jays have been diminished from Canyon because these birds avoid noisy areas.
With this new discovery, Francis is sure that when noise pollution can change the habitats and behavior of birds, then it could be the only culprit behind the bending of piñon trees and scrub jays of Canyon also.