The following information is in reference to Chapter 17, page 210 of The Power Of Sound.
Music in the Garden
“Measuring Effects of Music, Noise, and Healing Energy Using a Seed Germination Bioassay. “ The objective of this 2004 study was to measure biologic effects of music, noise, and healing energy without human preferences or placebo effects using seed germination as an objective biomarker. A series of five experiments were performed utilizing okra and zucchini seeds germinated in acoustically shielded, thermally insulated, dark, humid growth chambers. Conditions compared were an untreated control, musical sound, pink noise, and healing energy. Healing energy was administered for 15-20 minutes every 12 hours with the intention that the treated seeds would germinate faster than the untreated seeds. The objective marker was the number of seeds sprouted out of groups of 25 seeds counted at 12-hour intervals over a 72-hour growing period. Temperature and relative humidity were monitored every 15 minutes inside the seed germination containers. A total of 14 trials were run testing a total of 4600 seeds.
Results: Musical sound had a highly statistically significant effect on the number of seeds sprouted compared to the untreated control over all five experiments for the main condition and over time. This effect was independent of temperature, seed type, position in room, specific petri dish, and person doing the scoring. Musical sound had a significant effect compared to noise and an untreated control as a function of time while there was no significant difference between seeds exposed to noise and an untreated control. Healing energy also had a significant effect compared to an untreated control and over time with a magnitude of effect comparable to that of musical sound. Conclusion: This study suggests that sound vibrations (music and noise) as well as biofields (bioelectromagnetic and healing intention) both directly affect living biologic systems, and that a seed germination bioassay has the sensitivity to enable detection of effects caused by various applied energetic conditions.67
International fascination grows about the effect of music and sound on agriculture. To wit, “Music Can Help Plants Grow Faster” appeared in the Times of India, August 30, 2007. “Vegetable Growing Technique Not Music to Everyone’s Ears” was the title of the China Daily in September 2007. Both articles referred to a Korean rsearch study entitled “Plant Genes Switched on by Sound Waves,” published in the August 2007 edition of New Scientist (London),
“…Mi-Jeong Jeong of the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea, and colleagues claim to have identified two genes in rice that respond to sound waves. The findings follow a host of similar, but unsubstantiated, claims that plants respond to sound. If the researchers are correct, they say their discovery could enable farmers to switch specific crop genes on and off, such as ones for flowering, by blasting sound into the fields.”
For a fascinating narrative by Donna Carey and Ellen Franklin on the effects of tuning forks and gongs on seedlings and garden, see P. ____.