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10 pieces of evidence that plants are smarter than you think:

10 pieces of evidence that plants are smarter than you think:

Annalee Newitz at io9 has collected 10 pieces of evidence that plants are smarter than you think , and it might make you look at your potted ficus in a new light. It turns out there’s reason to believe that plants can communicate, remember, recognize related plants, and measure time. Let’s hope nobody finds out they can feel pain, or the vegans will all starve. Among the cool collected factoids about plant cognition: Plants can develop a sort of Pavlovian response to certain light wavelengths. When researchers exposed plants to a particular wavelength followed by a harmful virus, they found that future contact with that wavelength of light spurred the plants to start manufacturing antibodies — like a dog salivating in response to a bell. Corn roots make a clicking sound at around 220 Hz (which is within human hearing range). And if you record a sound around that frequency ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/plants-are-secret-geniuses/

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