Plants appear to lose consciousness when sedated

February 14, 2018 by  
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Are plants conscious? Based on a new study, our anesthetics work on flora – but just what are they working on? University of Bonn plant cell biologist Frantisek Baluska told The New York Times , “Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices. They’re living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like humans feeling pain or joy. In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some compass.” Plants can be frozen with anesthetics, researchers discovered, including the medicines used on humans during surgery. The researchers’ findings could help us learn more about anesthesia – and plants. A team of scientists from institutions in Germany, Japan, the Czech Republic, and Italy exposed several different plants to substances like ether and lidocaine. They found, for example, that pea plants exposed to diethyl ether vapor stop moving and their tendrils curl. A Venus flytrap didn’t respond to stimulus similar to an insect that moved across it – its cells actually stopped firing, according to The New York Times. Related: German forester says trees are social beings with friends and personalities The plants seemed to return to life when the anesthesia wore off – almost as if they had regained consciousness. Baluska told The New York Times, “How organisms are perceiving the environment or responding or adapting are based on some very similar principles.” Cell membranes change under anesthesia, growing more flexible. Membranes of some of the plant root cells under anesthesia had difficulty performing tasks they normally would. Membranes are also key for transferring messages from one cell to another via electricity , and some scientists think electrical activity across neurons contributes to consciousness in humans. But when asked if plants are indeed conscious or not, Baluska said, “No one can answer this because you cannot ask them.” The journal Annals of Botany published the research in December. Via The New York Times Images via Sushobhan Badhai on Unsplash and Jeffery Wong on Unsplash

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New Study Finds that Pollution Turns Carnivorous Plants Into Vegetarians

June 12, 2012 by  
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Dr. Jonathan Millet from Loughborough University has revealed that carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap, are changing their behavior and becoming vegetarian . Due to an increase in acid rain from pollution, there is more nitrogen in the soil than usual, and so the plants are opting to eat fewer insects. Read the rest of New Study Finds that Pollution Turns Carnivorous Plants Into Vegetarians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acid rain , carbon emissions , carnivorous plants , dr jonathan millet , loughborough university , nitrogen , nitrogen soil , venus flytrap

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Trash Skips Filled With Found Materials Become Fun Meeting Spots in Utrecht

June 12, 2012 by  
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The Week in Pictures: Winning Wildlife Photo is a Fake, Organic Cotton Controversy, ‘Extremist’ Eco Activists, Apple’s iPad Tablet, and More (Slideshow)

January 29, 2010 by  
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From the news that the award winning photo from the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is a fake to the UK’s Ministry of Justice, who have listed environmental protesters and activists alongside al Qaeda terrorists in its system for classifying ‘extremists’, a lot happened this week in green. Researchers have developed a Venus Flytrap that eats radioactive waste instead of flies, Better Place raises $350 million for electric car charging stations, and the German edition of the Financial Times newspaper reported on an alleged “organic cotton fraud” by European brands H&M, C&A, and Tchibo.

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Scientists Create ‘Venus Flytrap’ that Snares Radioactive Waste

January 27, 2010 by  
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Photo via Science Daily Nuclear waste is probably the most dreaded substances in existence, in part because it’s proved so difficult to effectively clean up and store. But a stunning new breakthrough has just surfaced that may make cleaning up radioactive waste e..

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