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Plants are complex

Plants are rooted to the spot, perceiving the world without eyes, ears or brains yet they can see, hear and smell. Plants have sophisticated sensing devices tuned to varying conditions, enabling them to move towards moisture in the soil — even from quite a distance – even a recording of running water.  And although light is food, plants instinctively avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat. Researchers have discovered  deep parallels with animals, suggesting a role for actin – a key component in muscle tissue – in plant proprioception, whereby actin fibres in tissue are involved; almost like muscle. Imagine the shocking discovery when a caterpillar begins chewing an Arabidopsis plant, triggering a wave of electrical activity to the insect.

 

Plants such as the Arabidopsis (thale cress a member of the mustard family) are widely used in experiments  because they are short-lived, grows very quickly, are small in physical size and have a relatively small genome that possess at least 11 types of sensory organs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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