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16 July 2010, JellyBean @ 4:51 pm

Plants have been discovered to think and remember information according to an experiment conducted at a Polish laboratory in the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Those familiar with intelligent plants from “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Day of the Triffids” fame may be shocked by the revelation that experiments conducted on plants have shown this interesting tidbit of information.

The final word on whether plants think or not will require future experiments, but scientists are still excited by this rare opportunity to show that even the grass beneath our feet may have an opinion of our shoes. Of course the primitive thinking process is nothing approaching conspiratorial, so there is no need to worry about the potential for violence from violets or a rosebush revolution. Still, to these scientists the old phrase “as exciting as watching the grass grow” is considered short sighted indeed. The intelligence may not be advanced enough to contemplate the meaning of existence, but it certainly is enough to prioritize resources to fight off infection. The research found that plants have a purely reactive sort of intelligence that works solely within the self. Electrochemicals are carried through the plants allowing them information with which to process a course of action.

The research suggests that plants were more prone to fight off infection if a beam of light had passed over them than if the beam of light had not been present. As a result, the plants were able to solve one simple problem presented to it. Professor Stanislaw Karpinski related his findings to several world news agencies including the BBC during a presentation where he made his findings public. According to Karpinski, the plants (in this case a breed of Arabadopsis plant) would process information contained in the light in order to determine if an infection may be present in its current environment, and would then use this information, effectively remembering it, to decide if action should be taken using energy and resources to fight off the potential infection. The results were astounding, indicating both memory and learning.

Read more: Unexplainable.net

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