Learning Plant Learning – Ariel Novoplansky

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I was lucky enough to be invited to talk about The Plant Intelligence Project at the first North American Plant Signaling and Behavior conference in Vancouver last week. At the three-day conference we heard amazing presentations of findings that plants respond to the sound of caterpillars chewing leaves; that mimosa pudica plants can learn not to shut when it isn’t necessary if appropriately taught; and of work to develop robots that mimic plant roots.

Can plants learn from past experiences?

One of the presenters, Ariel Novoplansky, is a leading researcher in this area of inquiry into plant behavior. Novoplansky takes great pains to try to communicate his group’s work to the wider public. Check out his TEDx Talk on plants’ eavesdropping and learning here.

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