For the first time, research has shown that, despite not having a nervous system, plants use signals normally associated with animals when they encounter stress.
“We’ve known for a long-time that the animal neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is produced by plants under stress, for example when they encounter drought, salinity, viruses, acidic soils or extreme temperatures,” says senior author Associate Professor Matthew Gilliham, ARC Future Fellow in the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
“But it was not known whether GABA was a signal in plants. We’ve discovered that plants bind GABA in a similar way to animals, resulting in electrical signals that ultimately regulate plant growth when a plant is exposed to a stressful environment.” More.
“Despite not having any nervous system”? Either plants are smart or there is a mind that underlies the universe. Can’t have it both ways for long.*
Actually, that isn’t strictly true. When Darwinblather is publicly funded and court-enforced, it can go on indefinitely. It’s the future of science that is in question.
See also: Matching Darwin’s “Tree of Life,” the “Tree of Intelligence”
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