What a Plant Knows

a field guide to the senses

by Daniel Chamovitz

What a Plant Knows: a field guide to the senses
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  • 1921942770
  • 9781921844874
  • 9781921942778

A captivating journey into the hidden lives of plants — from the colours they see to the schedules they keep.

Join renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz as he leads a beguiling exploration of how plants experience our shared Earth — in terms of sight, smell, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness. Combining cutting-edge research with lively storytelling, he explains the intimate details of plant behaviour, from how a willow tree knows when its neighbours have been commandeered by an army of ravenous beetles to why an avocado ripens when you give it the company of a banana in a bag. And he settles the debate over whether the beloved basil on your kitchen windowsill cares whether you play Led Zeppelin or Bach.

Thoroughly updated from root to leaf, this revised edition of the groundbreaking What a Plant Knows includes new revelations for green thumbs, science buffs, vegetarians, and nature lovers. This rare inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb will surprise and delight you.


  • Scribe Publications Pty Ltd; July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781921942778
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  • Title: What a Plant Knows
  • Author: Daniel Chamovitz
  • Imprint: Scribe
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1921942770
  • 9781921844874
  • 9781921942778

In The Press

He analyses the intriguing parallels between plant and human senses in chapters devoted to what a plant sees, smells, feels, hears and remembers. It gives a whole new meaning to forget-me-nots.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1921942770
  • 9781921844874
  • 9781921942778