By Stefano Mancuso

ISBN-10: 1610916034

ISBN-13: 9781610916035

Are vegetation clever? Can they remedy difficulties, speak, and navigate their atmosphere? Or are they passive, incapable of autonomous motion or social habit? Philosophers and scientists have reflected those questions because historical Greece, ordinarily concluding that crops are unthinking and inert: they're too silent, too sedentary -- simply too various from us. but discoveries during the last fifty years have challenged those principles, laying off new gentle at the notable functions and complicated inside lives of plants.

In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a number one scientist and founding father of the sector of plant neurobiology, provides a brand new paradigm in our realizing of the vegetal global. Combining a ancient point of view with the most recent in plant technological know-how, Mancuso argues that, as a result of cultural prejudices and human vanity, we proceed to underestimate vegetation. in reality, they strategy info, sleep, take into accout, and sign to each other -- exhibiting that, faraway from passive machines, crops are clever and conscious. via a survey of plant functions from sight and contact to communique, Mancuso demanding situations our inspiration of intelligence, offering a imaginative and prescient of vegetation that's extra subtle than so much imagine.

crops have a lot to educate us, from community development to techniques in robotics and man-made fabrics -- yet provided that we comprehend extra approximately how they dwell. half botany lesson, half manifesto, Brilliant Green is an interesting and passionate exam of the interior workings of the plant kingdom.

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But in the early 1980s, analogous research carried out on animals confirmed the existence of genome lability in other species, and this “rediscovery,” not only her own research, won McClintock the Nobel Prize and recognition of her own contribution. Of course, genome lability is far from the only example of such discoveries. There’s a pretty long list, from the discovery of the cell (which was first made in plants) to RNA interference, which won Andrew Fire and Craig C. Mello the 2006 Nobel Prize.

As we have seen, this state of affairs is a natural outcome of our culture. In life as in science, the common scale of values relegates plants to last place among living things. An entire realm, the plant world, is underappreciated, despite the fact that our survival on the planet and our future depend on it. CHAPTER 2 The Plant: A Stranger Human beings have lived with plants since our appearance on the earth about 200,000 years ago. Two hundred thousand years would seem to be enough time to get to know someone.

Charles de Bovelles’s “Pyramid of the Living,” from The Book of Wisdom (1509). Our way of looking at the natural world hasn’t changed much. It was Darwin who proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the question should not be put in those terms, because there are not more- and less-evolved organisms; from the Darwinian point of view, all living beings now populating the earth are at the end of their evolutionary branch—otherwise, they would be extinct. This is a very important assumption since, for Darwin, being at the end of one’s evolutionary chain means to have shown, over the course of evolution, extraordinary capacities for adaptation.

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