Plant intelligence: Mindless mastery

  title={Plant intelligence: Mindless mastery},
  author={Anthony Trewavas},
  • A. Trewavas
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Nature
Traditional definitions of intelligence use movement as a criterion. But are the adaptive behaviours shown by individual plants also 'intelligent'? 

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