April 27, 2012
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? Renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz explores the fascinating world of plants in his delightful What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses.