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Plants are able to "remember" and "react" to information contained in light, according to researchers.
Plants, scientists say, transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to our own nervous systems.
These "electro-chemical signals" are carried by cells that act as "nerves" of the plants.In their experiment, the scientists showed that light shone on to one leaf caused the whole plant to respond.
And the response, which took the form of light-induced chemical reactions in the leaves, continued in the dark.
This showed, they said, that the plant "remembered" the information encoded in light.
"We shone the light only on the bottom of the plant and we observed changes in the upper part," explained Professor Stanislaw Karpinski from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland, who led this research.
He presented the findings at the Society for Experimental Biology's annual meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.
Originally posted by toreishi
reply to post by xspinx
... we're barely able to store our memories on to computers yet.
Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs. A disposable electrocardiogram machine the size of a Band-Aid monitors a heart patient. A cellphone is implanted in a tooth. Scientists and engineers are trying to develop such “embedded” devices: miniature electronics that plug people into computer and communication networks.
Originally posted by wiser3
Fascinating! Plants are amazing!
Two books you might enjoy, if you haven't already read them:
The Secret Life of Plants - Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird
Supernature - Lyall Watson
They are two of my favourites, I read them over and over and try and get as many friends as possible to read them.
Eye opening information for anyone just starting out on their plant discovery!