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What a plant knows : a field guide to the senses

Author: Daniel Chamowitz
Publisher: Brunswick, Vic. : Scribe Publications, 2012.
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A captivating journey into the inner lives of plant - from the colours they see to the schedules they keep. How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut - can it feel an insect's spindly legs? How do roses know when it's spring - do they remember the weather? Now, in What a Plant Knows, renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents a beguiling exploration of how plants experience our shared Earth - in terms of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Chamowitz
ISBN: 9781921844874 1921844876
OCLC Number: 793200472
Description: 1 volume
Contents: Paperback -How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can a fern get jet lag? Do roses remember the romance springtime? In What a Plant Knows, renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents a beguiling exploration of how plants experience our shared Earth --
in terms of sight, smell, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness. Combining cutting-edge research with lively storytelling, he explains the intimate details of plant behaviour, from how a willow tree knows when its neighbours have been commandeered by an army of ravenous beetles, and why an avocado ripens when you give it the company of a banana in a bag (it's the pheromones). And he settles the debate over whether the beloved basil on your kitchen windowsill cares whether you play Led Zeppelin or Bach. Whether you are a green thumb, a science buff, a vegetarian, or simply a nature lover, this rare, inside look at the life of plants will surprise and delight you.
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A captivating journey into the inner lives of plant - from the colours they see to the schedules they keep. How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut - can it feel an insect's spindly legs? How do roses know when it's spring - do they remember the weather? Now, in What a Plant Knows, renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents a beguiling exploration of how plants experience our shared Earth - in terms of sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness. Combining cutting-edge research with lively storytelling, Chamovitz explains phenomena such as how a willow tree knows when its neighbours have been commandeered by an army of ravenous beetles, and why an avocado ripens when you give it the company of a banana in a bag. And he settles the debate, once and for all, over whether your beloved basil plant cares if you play Led Zeppelin or Bach. Chamovitz reveals that plants have much in common with people - far more most of us realise. Whether you have a green thumb, or are a science buff, a vegetarian, or simply a nature lover, this rare, inside look at the life of plants will delight all who read it.

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