Plant Neurobiology

Plants have 15 – 20 distinct senses – they need more than we because of their “planted” nature, including at least four of our “big five”. For example, if a sound recording of a caterpillar chomping on a leaf is played to a plant, that plant begins to manufacture a chemical defense.  They have kin recognition; they can nurture their offspring via a “wood-wide web” of communicating microbes underground. 

Plant neurobiology – plants don’t have neurons but there may just be other ways to generate intelligent behavior – networks of other kinds of excitable cells.

Maybe we should be looking into “planetoids” – robots that are modeled after a different type of intelligence – perhaps for space exploration.  Diversity in neuroscience – maybe everything shouldn’t be modeled after the human experience