Do plants and trees have consciousness
There is research -
Plant gnosophysiology, or plant cognition, studies things such as memory and learning (even though plants don't have a brain).
Trees are polite to each other -
This phenomenon has been puzzling scientists for years, with a consensus for the reason not yet being reached.
One of the possible reasons is that trees do this as part of a defense mechanism to help prevent the spread of diseases, as well as to share sunlight.
Crown shyness -
Interestingly, not all trees behave like this. This is more common among trees of the same species as well as the same age.
They share resources -
Trees that avoid touching share sunlight with their peers, but they also share other resources through their roots.
Mycorrhizal networks -
Plants and fungi communicate using these networks, which includes the sharing of resources such as carbon and nitrogen.
Sharing resources -
The largest and oldest trees use this network to nurture younger trees, sharing the resources they need to grow.
They 'talk' to each other -
These plant-fungus networks are used for more than just sharing resources. They are also used to communicate with each other.
They communicate - Communication between trees and plants is not just done underground. Plants actually have a sense of smell and react to certain odors.
They can call for help -
Speaking of insects, when plants are under attack, they release volatile molecules that make up particular scents.
One of these molecules is jasmone, which is emitted by jasmine flowers to alert nearby plants of aphids.
And as for the distinctive smell of a freshly-cut lawn, yes, it’s essentially the grass crying for help while being under attack.
They recognize family -
This behavior, most commonly associated with animals, is also present in plants.
They are vocal -
Trees emit sound frequencies. These are all ultra-low-frequency infrasound or high-frequency ultrasound, so humans can’t hear them.
They can 'hear' -
As plants and trees emit frequencies, they can also detect vibrations through the air.
They might 'see' -
While plants do not have eyes as such, they are sensitive to light. In fact, they do have eye-like organs called ocelli, that act like lenses to detect light.
They learn -
Through their senses, plants can actually learn and have the capacity to remember.
How about consciousness? -
So, are plants conscious? Well, to begin with, we need to have a universally clear definition of what consciousness is (which we don’t).