Warning! Your feelings about plants will never be the same after reading this book. This is a small book and is an easy read. Small as it is, it packs a lot of really interesting information addressing the questions – can a plant smell? see? feel? hear? know where it is at? have any memory?
The author, Daniel Chamovitz, provides a lot of detailed information on experiments preformed by biologists and other people who deal with plants. After reading this book you will know why and how a plant bends towards the light. I found out that plants are able to be aware that a plant next to them is being attacked by some predator and is able to put up some defenses. And of course, the details of just how this takes place is revealed.
It is really interesting to learn about how plants react to various frequencies of light. Not only will the frequency of light have a difference but the duration of the light source will cause things to happen.
Plants reaction to touch is explored also. Plants do react to touch and external pressure/motion such as wind. The details of the experiments reveal the intricate mechanisms that are behind this. After reading this book, I am somehow affected knowing that any time I touch my plants they are reacting in some way.
The various experiments date all the way back to the days of Darwin through current research. Some findings remain solid to this day while other findings have been overturned or tweaked based on new research.
I highly recommend this book. It will keep your interest all the way through and perhaps even make you think differently about those little green living things you tend to every day.
[Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux – 2012]