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Life Sciences => Plant Sciences, Zoology & Evolution => Topic started by: chiralSPO on 05/02/2018 16:02:05

Title: Plants can be... anesthetized?
Post by: chiralSPO on 05/02/2018 16:02:05
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/science/plants-consciousness-anesthesia.html

The above article discusses a study which shows ether (diethyl ether)to  reversibly inhibit natural plant motion, and also lidocaine to prevent venus fly traps from sensing flies. The NYT article is couching this in terms of plant consciousness, which I am not sure plants have in any way that we can really understand as such. However, it does suggest that some of the biochemistry of stimulus response we have might be very ancient indeed (or somehow convergently evolved)
Title: Re: Plants can be... anesthetized?
Post by: chris on 05/02/2018 16:48:27
I spotted a question elsewhere on the forum from a decade ago asking what effect caffeine has on plants, which made me chuckle: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=14514.0