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Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information

 
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Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
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SienceDaily (June 25, 2010) A University of Alberta research team has discovered that a plant's strategy to capture nutrients in the soil is the result of integration of different types of information.

U of A ecologist J.C. Cahill says the plant's strategy mirrors the daily risk-versus-reward dilemmas that animals experience in their quest for food.

Biologists established long ago that an animal uses information about both the location of a food supply and potential competitors to determine an optimal foraging strategy. Its subsequent behavioral response is based on whether the food supply is rich enough to accept the risks associated with engaging in competition with other animals.

Cahill found plants also have the ability to integrate information about the location of both food and competitors. As a result, plants demonstrate unique behavioural strategies to capture soil resources.

Previous studies show plants alter the growth of their roots in relation to the placement of food or a competing plant. Cahill and his colleagues now show an integration of both location and competition information in plants. "This ability to integrate information is a level of complexity never seen in plants before," said Cahill. "This is something we assumed only happened with animals."

Using a mini-rhizotron camera, referred to by Cahill's team as a "camera on a stick," the researchers compared the root movement of potted plants in relation to various positions of nutrients and competing plants.

The roots of one plant in a pot where nutrients were evenly distributed occupied the entire breadth of the soil.

When two plants occupied a single pot and the nutrients were evenly distributed, the roots stopped growing laterally towards each other. There was complete segregation of the root systems; the plants avoided contact with one another. Cahill says in terms of risk versus reward, the plants avoided each other because the rewards were low.

But when nutrients were placed between two plants sharing a single pot, both plants grew their roots much closer towards each other.
Dear sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe. You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next--and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine.

"MANE THECEL PHARES."
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Re: Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
[link to www.sciencedaily.com]

SienceDaily (June 25, 2010) A University of Alberta research team has discovered that a plant's strategy to capture nutrients in the soil is the result of integration of different types of information.

U of A ecologist J.C. Cahill says the plant's strategy mirrors the daily risk-versus-reward dilemmas that animals experience in their quest for food.

Biologists established long ago that an animal uses information about both the location of a food supply and potential competitors to determine an optimal foraging strategy. Its subsequent behavioral response is based on whether the food supply is rich enough to accept the risks associated with engaging in competition with other animals.

Cahill found plants also have the ability to integrate information about the location of both food and competitors. As a result, plants demonstrate unique behavioural strategies to capture soil resources.

Previous studies show plants alter the growth of their roots in relation to the placement of food or a competing plant. Cahill and his colleagues now show an integration of both location and competition information in plants. "This ability to integrate information is a level of complexity never seen in plants before," said Cahill. "This is something we assumed only happened with animals."

Using a mini-rhizotron camera, referred to by Cahill's team as a "camera on a stick," the researchers compared the root movement of potted plants in relation to various positions of nutrients and competing plants.

The roots of one plant in a pot where nutrients were evenly distributed occupied the entire breadth of the soil.

When two plants occupied a single pot and the nutrients were evenly distributed, the roots stopped growing laterally towards each other. There was complete segregation of the root systems; the plants avoided contact with one another. Cahill says in terms of risk versus reward, the plants avoided each other because the rewards were low.

But when nutrients were placed between two plants sharing a single pot, both plants grew their roots much closer towards each other.
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Thank you JADR. At least, something good from you.

You should stick to post threads like that and stop to call peole "Israel haters" in another threads when they do not agree with your tricks.

Five stars. I learned something from here.
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Thank you JADR. At least, something good from you.

You should stick to post threads like that and stop to call peole "Israel haters" in another threads when they do not agree with your tricks.

Five stars. I learned something from here.
 Quoting: Kundalini Rake 1020682


Thank you!! (hf) - but no!
Dear sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe. You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next--and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine.

"MANE THECEL PHARES."
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Re: Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
Thank you JADR. At least, something good from you.

You should stick to post threads like that and stop to call peole "Israel haters" in another threads when they do not agree with your tricks.

Five stars. I learned something from here.


Thank you!! (hf) - but no!
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Oh, sorry, I forgot, YOU ARE A SHILL!


whatever
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Are you talking of regular animals and plants or just the ones from Israel?
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Re: Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
Rupert Sheldrake's experiments confirming the existence of morphogeneic fields verifies how plants, animals and people all create a resonance energy that extends beyond the physical limits and blends with other fields to create extended networks.

Science needs to integrate Sheldrake's information to get the full picture.
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Re: Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
Thank you JADR. At least, something good from you.

You should stick to post threads like that and stop to call peole "Israel haters" in another threads when they do not agree with your tricks.

Five stars. I learned something from here.


Thank you!! (hf) - but no!


Oh, sorry, I forgot, YOU ARE A SHILL!


whatever
 Quoting: Kundalini Rake 1020713


Shill : definition: Used by the feeble minded to de-legitimize opinions they dislike.

Last Edited by JADR on 06/30/2010 09:13 AM
Dear sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe. You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next--and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine.

"MANE THECEL PHARES."
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Re: Behavior Breakthrough: Like Animals, Plants Demonstrate Complex Ability to Integrate Information
Rupert Sheldrake's experiments confirming the existence of morphogeneic fields verifies how plants, animals and people all create a resonance energy that extends beyond the physical limits and blends with other fields to create extended networks.

Science needs to integrate Sheldrake's information to get the full picture.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1020088


Sheldrake is genius!! hf

(Love the drake!!!!)

Last Edited by JADR on 06/30/2010 09:20 AM
Dear sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe. You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next--and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine.

"MANE THECEL PHARES."





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