Plant intelligence: Mindless mastery
Trewavas (Anthony)
Source: Nature, 415, p. 841, 2002
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Author’s Introduction

  1. For centuries, plants have been regarded as passive creatures. Their development is thought to be predetermined, with only temporary interruptions in response to stress. Because plants lack obvious visible movement, they seem to be bereft of behaviour and intelligence. Yet they dominate every landscape, representing 99% of the biomass of the Earth.
  2. There is a clear conflict between the commonly held view and the success of plant life. Only now are we beginning to expose the remarkable complexity of plant behaviour. A revolution is sweeping away the detritus of passivity, replacing it with an exciting dynamic — the investigation of plant intelligence is becoming a serious scientific endeavour.


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