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Plant Intelligence

Plant Intelligence

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 17, 2018/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 existing in a landscape. Forests can communicate between groves of individual trees; plants find ways to ecologcially claim and defend territory via chemistry (allelopathy); plants develop relationships for mutual benefit using fungal networks (mycorrhizae); and they have recently been observed to channel light down to their root tips allowing for growth in a directed fashion.

These are just a few examples of the "genius" seen in green plants and their evolution. While they may not have brains consisting of neurons, plants still operate in 'intelligent' ways. Humans would probably have also learned something useful, efficient, and important for survival as well if we were the result of over 500 million years of continuous evolution .

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