Why it matters worms turn

Trigger alert for Nats MPs suspicious of university research

Swinburne U’s Ivan S Maksymov and Andrey Pototsky are corresponding authors on an igNoble Prize winning paper, “Excitation of Farady-like body waves in vibrated living earthworms.” The authors point to possible applications of finding in experiments in neuroscience and, note Nats, agriculture.

“Using vibrations one could monitor, understand and control the behaviour of some animals, such as earthworms and exploit them to sense and modify soil structure as well as to increase crop yields,”.


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