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Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Anthony Trewavas


This book takes as its theme the statement by the Nobel prize winning plant biologist, Barbara McClintock in 1984; “A goal for the future would be to determine the extent of knowledge the cell has of itself and how it uses that knowledge in a thoughtful manner when challenged”. The response to ‘challenge’ is behaviour and ‘thoughtful’ responses are intelligent and inextricably linked to fitness. Cellular knowledge derives from the complex self-organising system that constructs the cell from its constituent molecules. This book fleshes out McClintock’s superb insight into plant cells and organi ... More

Keywords: Self-organisation, Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Self-recognition, Consciousness, Evolutionary convergence, Game theory, Seed behaviour, Single celled organisms, Cambium, Root behaviour, Foraging, Lamarck

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199539543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Trewavas, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Edinburgh, FRS

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