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Smell of fresh-cut grass is a warning lawn is under attack: Science Illustrated

Scientists believe emitted pheromones are 'cries of horror'

May 25, 2023  By Turf & Rec

The smell of fresh-cut grass is a warning signal the plant releases when under attack by… a lawnmower, according to Science Illustrated. The publication suggests scientists believe the emitted pheromones are “green leaf volatiles” that are essentially “cries of horror.”


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