PBS Nature - What Plants Talk About

Jan. 17, 2014

PBS Nature - What Plants Talk About

Aired: 04/03/2013   53:10
When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!
Nature Preview of What Plants Talk About - 32 seconds  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CswiN--VA8I
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Can Plants Think?  Michael Pollan

Science Friday - Jan. 03, 2014

In his latest piece for The New Yorker, Michael Pollan discusses the scientific controversy regarding the field of "plant neurobiology," and whether plant intelligence exists. Some plants, he writes, can hear caterpillars chomping on a neighbor's leaves. Others display altruistic behavior towards kin, restraining their growth to allow relatives to thrive. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?