VIDEO High-Tech Plant Communication Glorifies the Creator

Modern societies exchange important information through high-tech communication systems with state-of-the-art wireless and hard-wired networks. While humans have only accomplished this feat in recent history, the seemingly lowly plant kingdom has been doing this since creation. Surprisingly, communities of plants contain both wireless and hard-wired communication systems that rival man-made computer networks. The plants’ systems employ incredible ingenuity that only an omnipotent Creator could have engineered.

These all-or-nothing complex systems are impossible to explain through bit-by-bit random evolutionary processes.

One recent discovery in a commonly studied weedy plant called Arabidopsis may make you think twice the next time you prune your shrubs or mow your lawn.1 When this plant is wounded, typically by an insect, it sends out an airborne chemical signal to its neighbors to warn them of danger. When the signal is received, it triggers a whole host of incredible responses. Immediately, the forewarned uninjured plants show a marked increase in root growth to obtain more soil nutrients to strengthen their defenses. In addition, the plants produce more of a chemical called malate that attracts beneficial soil microbes that bond with the roots, also increasing the plants’ defenses.

If this type of wireless communication system used by plants above ground weren’t impressive enough, scientists have also discovered a hard-wired network that’s even more incredible because it utilizes an underground fungus as a data conduit.2,3 This highly efficient system acts as a kind of natural biological internet that allows entire communities of plants to readily and effectively communicate as a group.

Scientists had known for some time that mutually beneficial relationships exist between plants and certain types of fungi that colonize the soil around plants’ roots. These beneficial soil microorganisms known as mycorrhizal fungi help promote the plants’ overall health and growth. The mycorrhizal fungi also enhance the plants’ ability to cope with insect attacks, pathogens, and drought stress.

But these fungi play yet another role. As it turns out, plant-to-plant communication takes place through the release and detection of small molecules that traverse the soil through mycorrhizal networks. These function as information superhighways connecting each of the plants in a community. The plants have built-in code-and-decode programming information to decipher what the different chemical combinations or concentrations mean. This amazing function is enabled by the thread-like fungus that grows underground like the fiber-optic network connecting computers in an office building. When plants detect insects such as aphids piercing them and sucking out their juices, it triggers the release of specialized chemicals that not only help repel the aphids but also attract certain types of wasps that feed on aphids. Remarkably, the damaged plants are able to signal others connected through the fungal network to produce the same defensive response.

Both of these comprehensive communication systems require the same sort of general mechanisms that human-engineered computer systems use. Specialized cellular machinery and logic are employed to not only compose the information-based message but send it through either the air or the fungal network. To transmit the message, highly specialized airborne molecules are used for the wireless communication, while specific types of informational chemicals along with the high-tech fungal conduit are used to convey the hard-wired data delivery underground. On the receiving end, highly specialized sensors, interfaces, control systems, and logic put in motion a whole cascade of specific defensive responses.

Plant communication systems are incredible examples of God’s handiwork in His creation.

These all-or-nothing complex systems are impossible to explain through bit-by-bit random evolutionary processes. Plant communication systems are incredible examples of God’s handiwork in His creation.

References

  1. Sweeney, C., V. Lakshmanan, and H. P. Bais. 2017. Interplant Aboveground Signaling Prompts Upregulation of Auxin Promoter and Malate Transporter as Part of Defensive Response in the Neighboring Plants. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8: 595.
  2. Babikova, Z. et al. 2013. Underground signals carried through common mycelial networks warn neighbouring plants of aphid attackEcology Letters.16 (7): 835-843.
  3. Tomkins, J. P. Plants Use Underground ‘Fungal Internet’ to Communicate. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org August 5, 2013, accessed October 1, 2018.

* Dr. Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Cite this article: Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D. 2018. High-Tech Plant Communication Glorifies the CreatorActs & Facts. 47 (12).

It’s Not Too Late

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

During the anxious moments that followed my mother-in-law’s heart attack, she was fortunate to receive immediate medical care. Later, her doctor told me that treatment within fifteen minutes of a heart attack results in a survival rate of 33 percent for critical patients. But just 5 percent survive if treated beyond that time frame.

On the way to heal Jairus’s desperately ill daughter (someone definitely needing immediate medical care), Jesus did the unthinkable: He paused (Mark 5:30). He stopped to identify who touched Him, and then spoke gently with the woman. You can imagine what Jairus was thinking: There’s no time for this, my daughter is dying! And then, his worst fears came true—Jesus appeared to have delayed too long and his daughter passed away (v. 35).

But Jesus turned to Jairus and offered a word of encouragement: “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (v. 36). Then, calmly ignoring the mockery of onlookers, Christ spoke to Jairus’s daughter and she came back to life! He revealed that He can never be too late. Time can’t limit what He’s able to do and when He chooses to do it.

How often do we feel like Jairus, thinking that God was simply too late to accomplish what we had hoped for. But with God, there’s no such thing. He’s never too late in fulfilling His good and merciful work in our lives.

By Peter Chin

Reflect & Pray

How have you recently experienced the reality of God’s timing? Why is it vital for you to rest in God’s sovereignty—acknowledging that His plans are the best?

Jesus, help me to remember that You’re sovereign even over time itself, and that You’re never too late to accomplish Your perfect plans.

The Requirements of Waiting

Psalm 27:1-14

Waiting on the Lord sounds easy—we simply pray and watch for His answer, right? The truth is that believers who desperately want to see a need met often find the process unbearable. The next time God says to wait, remember these requirements for keeping a steady vigil until He answers:

Waiting on God requires faith in Him. Walking by faith means trusting in God even without knowing when or how He will resolve the situation. And faith cannot function without humility. Instead of demanding that God intervene as we desire, we should trust in His way and timing.

We must submit to the Lord, knowing there is nothing we can do except rest in Him. We are far safer in accepting our helpless condition than in figuring out our own solution. Trying to manipulate our circumstances is a demonstration of prideful self-reliance, not humble submission.

We need patience. This isn’t an inborn trait; rather, it’s fruit of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who can give us calmness in the midst of a difficult situation. Patience is laid on a foundation of trust in God’s character, purpose, and ways.

Waiting takes courage. Friends and colleagues will freely offer advice about our situation, but we must bravely wait when others say it is time to move. Fear of criticism is often the catalyst for taking matters into our own hands rather than trusting in God’s timing.

Praying when we’d rather take action is difficult, but waiting faithfully, submissively, patiently, and courageously brings blessings that demonstrate the faithfulness and goodness of God.

Be Moved with Fear

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah was indeed a man of mighty faith, believing God’s word even about “things not seen as yet,” preparing for a worldwide flood in a day when God had never yet even “caused it to rain upon the earth” (Genesis 2:5). Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) to an unbelieving world for at least 120 years (Genesis 6:3), “while the ark was a preparing” (1 Peter 3:20), without gaining any converts except his own family.

But why would he have been “moved with fear”? Noah was surely not afraid to die! He had “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9) for 600 years (Genesis 5:32; 7:11) before the Flood, and he was certainly not afraid to die and go to meet the Lord now.

Evidently it was for “the saving of his house” that he was afraid, realizing that his own children would soon be engulfed by the awful spirit of unbelief and wickedness that pervaded the antediluvian world if they could not somehow be delivered from it. So he “prepared an ark,” and his house was saved. “Come thou and all thy house into the ark,” said the Lord, “for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1). Although they could easily have refused, they all chose to follow Noah.

In a like manner today, God speaks to the head of each house: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31). A consistent example of obedient faith set by a godly father (or mother, if necessary) almost inevitably results in his (or her) children also trusting in the Lord for salvation. Every caring parent should resolve that “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). HMM

Meet Higher Expectations

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

—Colossians 1:28-29

The treacherous enemy facing the church of Jesus Christ today is the dictatorship of the routine, when the routine becomes “lord” in the life of the church. Programs are organized and the prevailing conditions are accepted as normal. Anyone can predict next Sunday’s service and what will happen. This seems to be the most deadly threat in the church today. When we come to the place where everything can be predicted and nobody expects anything unusual from God, we are in a rut. The routine dictates, and we can tell not only what will happen next Sunday, but what will occur next month and, if things do not improve, what will take place next year. Then we have reached the place where what has been determines what is, and what is determines what will be.

That would be perfectly all right and proper for a cemetery. Nobody expects a cemetery to do anything but conform…. But the church is not a cemetery and we should expect much from it, because what has been should not be lord to tell us what is, and what is should not be ruler to tell us what will be. God’s people are supposed to grow.   RRR005-006

Lord, use me today to help some people to really grow in You. Amen.

 

Lord do that which seems good

The Lord do that which seemeth Him good.—2 Samuel 10:12.

 

The best will is our Father’s will,

And we may rest there calm and still,

Oh! make it hour by hour thine own,

And wish for naught but that alone

Which pleases God.

Paul Gerhardt.

 

Thy will be done.” For instance, when you wish, and by every means endeavor, to be well, and yet remain ill,—then say, “Thy will be done.” When you undertake something, and your undertaking does not succeed, say, “Thy will be done.” When you do good to others, and they repay you with evil, say, “Thy will be done,” Or when you would like to sleep, and are overtaken by sleeplessness, say, “Thy will be done.” In general, do not become irritated when anything is not done in accordance with your will, but learn to submit in everything to the Will of the Heavenly Father.

Father John.

 

Try to make an instantaneous act of conformity to God’s Will, at everything which vexes you.

Edward B. Pusey.

 

As Shine As Many Stars

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Dan. 12:3

Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To he wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers to a divine wisdom which only the Lord Himself can bestow. Oh to know myself, my God, my Saviour! May I be so divinely taught that I may carry into practice heavenly truth, and live in the light of it! Is my life a wise one? Am I seeking that which I ought to seek? Am I living as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die? Only such wisdom can secure for me eternal brightness as of yonder sunlit skies.

To be a winner of souls is a glorious attainment. I had need be wise if I am to turn even one to righteousness; much more if I am to turn many. Oh for the knowledge of God, of men, of the Word, and of Christ, which will enable me to convert my fellowmen, and to convert large numbers of them! I would give myself to this, and never rest till I accomplish it. This will be better than winning stars at court. This will make me a star, a shining star, a star shining for ever and ever; yea more, it will make me shine as many stars. My soul, arouse thyself! Lord, quicken me!

 

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