Plant intelligence

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ID-10046055 New research has shown that plants may be more intelligent than we think. A recent study conducted by the University of Western Australia, demonstrated that the plant, Mimosa pudica, could learn new behaviour and retain this memory for weeks. Mimosa pudica is a plant that when touched folds inwards, thought to be a reflex in response to predation. But when the plant was dropped several centimetres down repeatedly it quickly learnt, within minutes, that this posed no threat and stopped folding its leaves, a behaviour that persisted when plants were dropped weeks later. When shaken instead of dropped the plant would fold its leaves in response to this new threat. Watch a video of the plant’s response here .

Plant intelligence experiments are not new although earlier studies have been met with criticism for being unscientific. The 19773 book, “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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