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Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, environment, Archive Pick of the Week, plants

                              Light Directing Plant Roots Growth (micrograph credit: New Scientist)

Plants are capable of doing far more things than just being green and sitting there.

Forests can communicate between groves of individual trees; they find ways to ecologcially claim and defend territory (allelopathy); plants develop relationships for mutual benefit with fungi (mycorrhizal networks); and they have recently been observed to channel light into their root tips allowing for growth in a directed fashion.

These are just a few examples of the genius seen in green plants. While they may not have brains consisting of neurons, plants still operate 'intelligently'. A person would probably have also learned something useful, efficient, and important for survival if you were the result of nearly 1 billion years of evolution yourself.

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