Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Media issued by The University of Western Australia

Dr Monica Gagliano, an ARC research fellow at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Evolutionary Biology, has solid evidence to support her theories that plants are not only able to 'talk' using sound, but 'learn' as well.

Dr Gagliano and her team show that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, however, they do it all without a brain. Using the same experimental framework normally applied to test learnt behavioural responses and trade-offs in animals, the team designed experiments as if Mimosa was indeed an animal.