Thinking of the five human senses, how many would you say are also present in the average plant?
Touch might seem obvious in the climbing vine that sends out tendrils to locate and lock onto support, or in the so-called “sensitive plant” that folds its leaves when brushed with a finger.
But sight? Hearing, taste, smell?
Yes to all of the above, says the Italian plant physiologist Stefano Mancuso; plants are endowed with close equivalents of all five – and as many as 15 others, like the ability to detect electromagnetic force, that are generally denied to the animal kingdom and its so-called higher life forms…[READ MORE]