Plant neurobiology and green plant intelligence: science, metaphors and nonsense

@article{Struik2008PlantNA,
  title={Plant neurobiology and green plant intelligence: science, metaphors and nonsense},
  author={Paul C. Struik and Xinyou Yin and Holger Meinke},
  journal={Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture},
  year={2008},
  volume={88},
  pages={363-370}
}
This paper analyses the recent debates on the emerging science of plant neurobiology, which claims that the individual green plant should be considered as an intelligent organism. Plant neurobiology tries to use elements from animal physiology as elegant metaphors to trigger the imagination in solving complex plant physiological elements of signalling, internal and external plant communication and whole-plant organisation. Plant neurobiology proposes useful concepts that stimulate discussions… Expand
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