Study Reveals Plants Learn New Habits, TooDecember 14, 2016
An international team of researchers led by Professor Monica Gagliano from The University of Western Australia has shown for the first time that plants learn about their environments by making links between events, an ability previously thought to be exclusive to animals.
Inspired by Pavlov's work with dogs, the team, including researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Zurich, experimented with pea seedlings, placing them in a Y-shaped maze to see how they responded after initially being exposed to light from a particular direction. The seedlings learned and chose the best growth direction for survival by correctly predicting the occurrence of light once it was removed.
Professor Gagliano said, "Because our findings are unexpected, we anticipate that this study will stir a lively and exciting debate on the origin and properties of memory, learning and ultimately intelligent behavior in biological systems."
For more details, read the news release at the University of Western Australia website.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- New CAST Paper Examines Trade and Biotech Issues
- Nigeria Academy of Science Declares Support for Biotech
- Water-saving Plants Help Develop Drought Resistant Crops
- To Fight World Hunger, Researchers Use Nuclear Methods to Study Pest Resistance in Corn
- Biotech Crops Contribute ~US$127,000M to Argentina's Economy
- Australia's OGTR Authorizes Commercial Release of GM Cotton
- Study Reveals Plants Learn New Habits, Too
- EFSA Shares Raw Data From Risk Assessment of Glyphosate
- USDA FAS-GAIN Releases Agri-biotech Updates in Portugal
- Tomato ERFs Found Vital for Resistance to Botrytis cinerea
Plant Breeding Innovations
- Reassessment of the Yield-Related Genes in Rice through CRISPR
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Generation of Gene-Edited Birds Using Sperm Transfection Assisted Gene Editing
- ISAAA Blog Post: The Trial of Bt Talong Field Trials
- The Science of GMOs
- Pocket K No. 53: Anti-allergy Biotech Crops
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (August 3, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (July 20, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (July 27, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: