Can plants remember?
It was a throw away question from Phil, something he said in the middle of an episode as a joke. Obviously plants have no memory—how could they when they have no central nervous system, no brain with which to learn. However, a bit of digging and the answer turns out to be a bit stranger than expected. Join us as we talk about plant communication and memory.
Here are a couple of articles about plant communication.
Here’s a tedtalk about how trees communicate through their roots.
Here’s a video of the Venus flytrap.
Here’s a video of the tickle me plant, AKA. mimosa pudica.
Here’s an article about how the Venus flytrap remembers and reacts to how often it’s sensory hairs have been touched.
Here’s a quick press release about learning in the tickle me plant.
And here’s an article about the study of memory in the plant kingdom.