Plants Are Much Smarter than You Think!

Smart Plants?

If you have 20 minutes this weekend, may we suggest you read Michael Pollan’s article on plant intelligence.

Some thought provoking points from the article:

Plants are orders of magnitude more resilient than animals. They don’t have a central brain or heart. In fact they don’t have any vital organ. This means that over 90% of a plant can be destroyed, and it will still be able to recuperate.

Plants live in slow motion compared to animals, taking months and years to grow. Because of this, it’s hard for us humans to discern any intelligent activity as we would with another human or animal.

Plants communicate with each other, through the air and underground. The tips of plant roots have incredible sensing capability: gravity, moisture, light, pressure, volume, beneficial and dangerous chemicals, microbes, AND signals from neighboring plants.

Scientists working on plant intelligence are utilizing the latest research on distributed computing and swarm behavior. Basically “remarkably brainy behavior can emerge in the absence of actual brains.”

Read the whole thing here, it’s fascinating.

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  • Audrey

    What does this have to do with food?

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Plants are food

      • Audrey

        Well, yes, but it doesn’t have anything to do with ingesting food.

        • Audrey

          Or eating/living healthfully

          • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

            We like to expand horizons every once in a while. You’re welcome. Happy New Year!

      • Rally Guy

        Solent green is people!

  • jadegreen_eyz

    And to think that Prince Charles of the UK was considered balmy because he spoke to his plants. :)

    • Ciaran

      The word you’re thinking of is “barmy.” Balmy means moist, warm weather conditions.

      • jadegreen_eyz

        informal
        extremely foolish; eccentric.
        “this is a balmy decision”