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Welcome to Science Fiction,
where we take the stuff you thought you knew about science...
..and see if we can sow in a few seeds of doubt.
BUD E, my old pal, can we have today's question, please?
Not a bother.
Today's question comes from Simon in Ennistymon.
Will singing to my plants help them grow?
# Let's see what the science says, Simon. #
When we breathe, we take in oxygen from the air,
which helps make energy to fuel our body.
This process also creates carbon dioxide and water,
which we then release into the air when we breathe out.
Now, luckily for us, plants love carbon dioxide.
# Don't they, Dr Knowles? #
They sure do, Professor.
Along with water and energy from the sun,
plants use carbon dioxide to grow,
while at the same time producing... You guessed it.
Little fluffy bunnies?
No, Professor! Oxygen.
I'm only messing with you. I knew that.
This process is known as
-That's the one.
# Photosynthesis, photosynthesis
# Photosyn... #
So, Simon, singing, or even speaking, to a plant
will help it grow, as you are feeding it carbon dioxide and water.
But, like, it's not because they think
you've a lovely voice or anything.
You're not that good. So that's just a load of old science fic...