Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Paperback | August 23, 2015

byAnthony Trewavas

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This book provides a convincing argument for the view that whole cells and whole plants growing in competitive wild conditions show aspects of plant behaviour that can be accurately described as "intelligent". Trewavas argues that behaviour, like intelligence, must be assessed within theconstraints of the anatomical and physiological framework of the organism in question. The fact that plants do not have centralized nervous systems for example, does not exclude intelligent behaviour. Outside the human dimension, culture is thought largely absent and fitness is the biologicalproperty of value. Thus, solving environmental problems that threaten to reduce fitness is another way of viewing intelligent behaviour and has a similar meaning to adaptively variable behaviour. The capacity to solve these problems might be considered to vary in different organisms, but variation does not mean absence. By extending these ideas into a book that allows a critical and amplified discussion, the author hopes to raise an awareness of the concept of purposive behaviour inplants.

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This book provides a convincing argument for the view that whole cells and whole plants growing in competitive wild conditions show aspects of plant behaviour that can be accurately described as "intelligent". Trewavas argues that behaviour, like intelligence, must be assessed within theconstraints of the anatomical and physiological f...

Anthony Trewavas obtained his B.Sc and Ph.D from University College, London in Biochemistry and went to do post doctoral research at the University of East Anglia and the University of Edinburgh, where he became Professor of Plant Biochemistry, as well as undertaking numerous visiting professorships abroad. He has published 250 papers ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.56 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198753683

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Table of Contents

1. A feeling for the organism2. Plant behaviour foundations3. The origins of photosynthesis. 1.What are the salient characteristics of living systems?4. The origins of photosynthesis. 2. The evolution of life and photosynthesis5. Why did plants become multicellular?6. Convergent evolution is common in plant systems7. Are angiosperms more complex than mammals?8. Plant behaviour: first intimations of self organisation9. The varieties of plant behaviour10. The self organising plant: lessons from swarm intelligence11. Self-organisation: Cambium as the integration assessor12. Self-organising capacity in leaf behaviour13. Self-organisation and behaviour in root systems14. Self-organisation in response to gravity15. Signals other than gravity16. Behavioural characteristics of seeds: elements of dormancy17. Games plants play18. Competition and cooperation between individual plants for mates and territory: the recognition of self19. The nature of intelligent behaviour: cognition or adaptation?20. Brains and nerve cells are not necessary for intelligent behaviour21. Intelligent genomes22. Cellular basis of intelligent behaviour23. Cell organisation and protein networks24. Instinct, reflex and conditioned behaviours: characteristics of plant behaviour?25. Intelligence and consciousness26. Intelligent foraging?

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"In Plant Behaviour and Intelligence, Anthony Trewavas challenges us to leave behind our prejudices and view the world from a plant's perspective. Plants, he argues, behave on their own time scale, with their own unique physiology, and solve problems that are equally as complex as thoseconfronting animals. This book represents a treasure trove of fascinating case studies and has the potential to serve as an important resource for plant physiologists and behavioral ecologists alike." --Andrew G. Zink and Zheng-Hui He, Science