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Plant intelligence expert Stefano Mancuso explains the amazing sensory capabilities of plants.
We have evidence that language is present in all living beings, although we are unable to understand its meaning in most cases. From dolphins or whales to bees and termites. And of course the plants.
The vegetable kingdom is underestimated in its intelligence, a victim of our anthropomorphic vision of reality. Plants are the fundamental piece of the chain of life on Earth, but in addition, they are also extremely insightful and subtle beings.
Stefano Mancuso is a neurobiologist at the University of Florence, founder of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, and managed to show that plants have the same five senses as human beings and about 15 more.
Among the hypersensory capacities of plants is the perception of "celectrical changes, magnetic field, chemical gradient, presence of pathogens" and others. Mancuso clarifies that “plants have our five senses and 15 more. They don't have eyes and ears like we do, but they perceive all gradations of light and sound vibrations“.
It is popularly known that plants "like" music. Mancuso explains: the low frequencies "Between 100 Hz and 500 Hz they favor the germination of the seeds and the growth of the plants towards the source of that sound, which is equivalent to natural frequencies such as running water, but talking or singing to the plants is wasting time“.
Plants communicate with each other and are able to manipulate other species for their benefit
There is evidence that plants carry out a form of underground communication, since it has been discovered that the roots produce and perceive sound.
They also communicate with other plants of the same species through volatile chemical molecules, sending, for example, alarm messages. If an insect is eating the leaves, the plant instantly produces certain molecules that spread for kilometers and that warn that an attack is in progress.
An example of this
Recent studies show that a flowering orange or lemon tree acts differently depending on the amount of pollen carried by the insect. If you carry a lot of pollen, it increases the amount of caffeine in the nectar to activate your brain, so that it remembers that plant and returns. If it's low on pollen, cut out the caffeine.
There is no doubt that plants should be appreciated as intelligent beings of great subtlety.
We already remember the writings of the philosopher Maurice Maeterlinck in his book “The intelligence of flowers”Where the author expresses in a poetic way, the enormous amount of strategies of the plants for their subsistence. Who likes to read it: https://prodiversitascolombia.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/la-inteligencia-de-las-flores.pdf