WHAT A PLANT KNOWS
A Field Guide to the Senses
by Daniel Chamovitz
“What a Plant Knows is lively, eloquent, scientifically accurate, and easy to read. I commend this
engaging text to all who wonder about life on earth and seek a compelling introduction to the lives of
plants revealed as through centuries of careful scientific experimentation.”
—Stephen D. Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
“Through extensive research and scientific models, Chamovitz explains in accessible language how plants
have somewhat human-like sensory responses to stimuli . . . By comparing human senses to the abilities
of plants to adapt to their surroundings, the author provides a fascinating and logical explanation of how
plants survive despite the inability to move from one site to another. Backed by new research on
plant biology, this is an intriguing look at a plant’s consciousness.”
Plants: they are all around us, and we rely on their products every day, in countless ways. But how much are they aware of themselves? How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut around its prey? How do chrysanthemums know to bloom right before Mother’s Day? If a tree is being attacked by a predator, can it warn its fellow trees? And do plants really care what music you make them listen to?
The renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz—director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University—explores the fascinating world of plants in his delightful What a Plant Knows. Illuminating the science and the romance of plant biology, Chamovitz demonstrates how plants are acutely aware of the world around them and shows how humans share biology not only with chimps and dogs but also with begonias and sequoias.
Among other findings, Chamovitz reveals that:
Engaging and wonderfully informative, Chamovitz’s WHAT A PLANT KNOWS will make you look at the plants around you with new appreciation and understanding.