Israeli Study: Plants Can Think?


A new study found that plants can assess risk and reward.

A new study conducted by scientists from the U.K.’s Oxford University and Israel’s Tel-Hai College found that pea plants may be good for more than pea soup. In fact, they can make sophisticated judgments about where to lay their roots, even when unpredictability and risk come into play.

The scientists found that when the safe bet pot had high nutrients, the plants laid more roots in it. Makes sense. But here’s the surprise: when the safe bet pot had low nutrients, the plants laid their roots in the risky pot.

The plants somehow knew that they were better off taking a gamble than sticking with the stable low-nutrient pot.

 

 

ILANA STRAUSS, FROM THE GRAPEVINE

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