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The scientific discussion about “plant intelligence” was started by Anthony Trewavas about 10 years ago, culminating with the publication of the book Plant Behaviour and Intelligence. The use of the word “intelligence” for plant was then and still remains controversial. On the other hand phenomena described and the experiments used as support are not specially controversial.
In recent times the use of the term “plant intelligence” has reached the daily press and science popularization books in addition to videos in the internet. Much of this material is not only controversial in the meaning given to the word “intelligence” but also in the quality or strength of the evidence used. This has led, in my view, to confusion and misinterpretations of what has been actually demonstrated with experiments compared to what are tentative hypotheses. Continue reading “What is plant intelligence? and what it is not?”