What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses
Author: 
Daniel Chamovitz
Publisher: 
Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–0–374–28873–0

paper, 165 pp., $23.00

This interesting book by an Israeli scientist gathers together the latest research on the senses ”sight, sense, feeling, hearing, awareness of place, and memory” as applied to plants. Chamovitz cites well-known studies and explains them in a clear concise fashion.

He lays to rest all the popular studies by decades of science-fair participants examining plant responses to music as well as plant behavior in the absence of gravity on the space shuttle. Not until the early 1930s was the growth hormone, auxin, identified.

For all the rich sensory input that plants and people perceive, only humans render this input as an emotional landscape. Plants are plants and people are people, and plants can only function as plants. This books explains this basic message very well.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
14
Number: 
4