The New York Times has an astonishing piece today about plant intelligence. A plant called the sea rocket has been shown to be able recognize near relatives and will produce fewer nutrient-hogging roots near them. Another plant, a parasite called the dodder, sniffs the air like a dog, searching for the best possible victim, in whose direction it will then grow. Check out the video. Seriously, like a dog.
All this, and parrots that use language creatively, too. We are soon going to learn that every creature on this planet is so intelligent, we’re not going to be able to eat anything. The only moral choice will be, starve.Posted by Evelyn Hadden on June 10, 2008 at 6:41 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.