HPW Retrospectacle 2018 – December

From How Plants Sense Temperature To A Plant-Robot Hybrid. The December 2018 plant science news certainly covered a mixed bag of topics…from how a plant senses how hot it is to a robo-plant that can drive toward the light. How Hot Is It?: “When it gets hot outside, humans and…

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Comfortably Numb? – When Wounded, Do Plants Experience “Pain”?

Feelin’ No Pain? An amazing short story, entitled “The Sound Machine”, by the British writer Roald Dahl was first published in the September 17, 1949 issue of the New Yorker. In this story, “A man named Klausner invents a machine that can hear sound the human ear cannot hear. It…

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“Walking” Palms, Climbing Vines, and “Plantas Nómadas” – Some Plants Are Not “Sessile”

Plants on Stilts Because plants are “rooted” to the place where they germinate, they don’t move. Indeed, it’s become almost a cliche to describe plants as displaying a “sessile life-style”, especially when contrasting them to animals. But are all plants necessarily sessile organisms, never moving from the spot where they…

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The Restless Plant

Did That Plant Just Move? To our frame of time, plants are sessile organisms, that is, they don’t move. The idea of moving plants is so strange to us that it typically exists only within the realms of science fiction and fantasy. As previously mentioned, there are very unusual plants…

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