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Plant Intelligence

Stefano Mancuso

Plants are dynamic and highly sensitive organisms that actively and
competitively forage for limited resources, both above and below
ground; they accurately compute their circumstances, use sophisticated
cost-benefit analysis, and take defined actions to mitigate and control
diverse environmental insults. Plants are capable of a refined recognition
of self and non-self and are territorial in behaviour. This new view sees
plants as information processing organisms with complex communication
throughout the individual plant. Plants are as sophisticated in behaviour as
animals but their potential has been masked because it operates on time
scales many orders of magnitude less than that operating in animals.