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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Plants possess intelligence?

Photo of Abutilon theophrasti (Common name:VELVET LEAF
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Scientists at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton have placed their  findings concerning an experiment they performed with the annual plant Abutilon theophrasti.

The goal of the scientists was to "determine whether a plant can demonstrate a complex response  towards two conditions:presence of a competitor and 
 heterogeneous  distributions.  Individually grown plants  fully explored the pot 
by using a broad and uniform rooting distribution regardless of soil resource
 distributions. Plants with competitors and uniform soil nutrient  distributions 
exhibited pronounced reductions in rooting breadth and spatial 
soil segregation among the competing individuals. In contrast, plants 
with competitors and heterogeneous soil nutrient distributions reduced their root growth
 only modestly, indicating that plants integrate information about both neighbor and
 resource distributions in determining their root behavior.

What does this all mean in layman's terms?

It means, "Researchers at the University of Alberta have found plants have the ability
 to integrate different types of information, an accomplishment previously seen only in the brains of animals.

J.C. Cahill, an ecology professor who published the results in the journal Science Thursday,
 traced the growth of roots in a pot and demonstrated how the plant was balancing risk and

 reward from two different environmental clues -- making a choice, after a fashion.
"We need thought to do this. Plants don't need thoughts," Cahill said.

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Jenny said...

That's really expected because plants and animals are part of God's creation and are special. We'll surely be amazed at how insects' intelligence work. Thanks for the facts.

Wayne said...

Hi Jenny,thanks for your comment and for the link to the interesting article,

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