Future perception in plants

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Although a few of the earliest naturalists, such as Theophrastus, made concrete observations regarding the sophisticated ways by which plants sense and respond to their environments, the prevailing attitude toward plants has been based on the Aristotelian paradigm, that at their low rank, slightly above minerals on Scala Naturae, plants are mere non-sentient soil-eating blobs. However, accumulating evidence demonstrates that plants are able to not only precisely gauge and respond to their immediate environments but can also perceive, integrate and adaptively respond to myriad internal and external signals and cues that are correlated with their future environments, in ways that maximize their life-time performance.

Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationAnticipation Across Disciplines
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 23 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameCognitive Systems Monographs
ISSN (Print)1867-4925
ISSN (Electronic)1867-4933


  • Anticipation
  • Environmental cues
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Future perception
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Plant behavior
  • Plant development
  • Plant signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science (all)


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