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Plant Sensing and Communication (Interspecific Interactions)

Richard Karban

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ISBN 10: 022626470X / ISBN 13: 9780226264707
Verlag: University of Chicago Press, 2015
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Titel: Plant Sensing and Communication (...

Verlag: University of Chicago Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2015

Einband: Soft cover

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Karban seeks to argue that plants behave that they sense their environment, detect and communicate with an array of different organisms, and respond to their sense of the environment and communication. He is very successful in this, demonstrating that plant sensing and communication is a vibrant area of current research with still plenty more to discover. Very unusual, with broad appeal, so timely and well written, this book will be essential reading for specialists and a landmark in the field. "Plant Sensing and Communication "is a fantastic book. --Graeme D. Ruxton, University of St Andrews, UK "coauthor of "Experimental Design for the Life Sciences" and "Plant-Animal Communication" "" Effective because it sweeps across so many aspects of plant biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology more generally, "Plant Sensing and Communication "is also very well written, easy to digest, and feels like an unrushed synthesis. Certain signature aspects of Karban s clarity shine through in this book. For example, the dichotomous keys to, and categorization of, certain types of interactions are a hallmark of Karban s ability to simplify and clarify, and these will be useful to readers for decades (even if they disagree). This book will be read widely and have a lasting impact. --Anurag Agrawal, Cornell University "coeditor of "Induced Plant Defenses Against Pathogens and Herbivores" "" Richard Karban gives an introduction to a secret world: the multiple ways via which plants obtain information on their environment. Plants identify microbes and animals with which they are in contact, distinguish friends from foes, perceive the presence and degree of attack of their plant neighbors. They successfully integrate all this information and respond with adequate behaviors to enhance their chances of survival end reproduction. Reports on talking trees and intelligent plant behavior make it regularly into the public press, but they frequently leave the impression that botanists humanize their study objects, perhaps to make them more attractive for the public. In "Plant Sensing and Communication," Karban carefully avoids this pitfall and provides us with detailed descriptions of all the physiological mechanisms that enable plants to gain information on their environment, make optimal use of the resources available, and actively manipulate their biotic environment for their own benefits. --Martin Heil, Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato, Mexico" Plants are smart, . . . but to notice we have to overcome our ingrained cultural biases. . . . Clearly, we will never play chess with a rose, nor ask the orchid on our windowsill for advice. But that is the point: humans are guilty of serious parochialism, of defining intelligence in terms of a nervous system and muscle-based speed that enables things to be done fast. . . . Plants . . . are highly responsive, attuned to gravity, grains of sand, sunlight, starlight, the footfalls of tiny insects, and to slow rhythms outside our range. They are subtle, aware, strategic beings whose lives involve an environmental sensitivity very distant from the simple flower and seed factories of popular imagination. . . . . "Plant Sensing and Communication "[is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields. . . . [It] combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience. --Adrian Barnett "New Scientist "" Karban . . . largely avoids political melodrama, instead providing clear working definitions of some of the contentious vocabulary: communication, eavesdropping, learning and memory. His summaries of plants sensory abilities such as the cues and signals that they use to adjust to the environment retain an evolutionary perspective. And he branches out into areas such as mate choice, for example detailing how plants selectively breed with specific fathers represented in a mixed pollen load. --Ian T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology "Nature "" Sensational headlines about plant communication have appeared in newspapers in recent years. In this work, however, Karban has written a basic outline of plant sensing and communication drawn from extensive research in botany, ecology, and agriculture. . . . Recommended. --J. Cummings, Washington State University "Choice "" A wonderful book; not least because it is a celebration. A celebration of the exquisite sensory capabilities of plants, and an exploration of their capacity to communicate with other entities. How refreshing it is to live on a planet where our green neighbours have such extraordinary talents. And how thrilling is it that humans if they try hard enough and aren t blinded by notions of zoosupremacy have the capacity to appreciate, explore, and understand that side of those resourceful organisms with whom we share the planet. Even if some humans still remain resolutely plant-blind, it is clear that plants themselves are anything but blind; they see their environment extremely clearly and with great acuity. Now, if only we could all see plants in the same way . . . --Nigel Chaffey, Bath Spa University, UK "Annals of Botany Blog: News and Views on Plant Science and Ecology "" "Sensational headlines about plant communication have appeared in newspapers in recent years. In this work, however, Karban has written a basic outline of plant sensing and communication drawn from extensive research in botany, ecology, and agriculture. . . . Recommended."--J. Cummings, Washington State University "Choice " "Karban . . . largely avoids political melodrama, instead providing clear working definitions of some of the contentious vocabulary: communication, eavesdropping, learning and memory. His summaries of plants' sensory abilities--such as the cues and signals that they use to adjust to the environment--retain an evolutionary perspective. And he branches out into areas such as mate choice, for example detailing how plants selectively breed with specific fathers represented in a mixed pollen load."--Ian T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology "Nature " "A wonderful book; not least because it is a celebration. A celebration of the exquisite sensory capabilities of plants, and an exploration of their capacity to communicate with other entities. How refreshing it is to live on a planet where our green neighbours have such extraordinary talents. And how thrilling is it that humans--if they try hard enough and aren't blinded by notions of zoosupremacy--have the capacity to appreciate, explore, and understand that side of those resourceful organisms with whom we share the planet. Even if some humans still remain resolutely plant-blind, it is clear that plants themselves are anything but blind; they see their environment extremely clearly and with great acuity. Now, if only we could all see plants in the same way . . ."--Nigel Chaffey, Bath Spa University, UK "Annals of Botany Blog: News and Views on Plant Science and Ecology " -Sensational headlines about plant communication have appeared in newspapers in recent years. In this work, however, Karban has written a basic outline of plant sensing and communication drawn from extensive research in botany, ecology, and agriculture. . . . Recommended.---J. Cummings, Washington State University -Choice - -Karban . . . largely avoids political melodrama, instead providing clear working definitions of some of the contentious vocabulary: communication, eavesdropping, learning and memory. His summaries of plants' sensory abilities--such as the cues and signals that they use to adjust to the environment--retain an evolutionary perspective. And he branches out into areas such as mate choice, for example detailing how plants selectively breed with specific fathers represented in a mixed pollen load.---Ian T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology -Nature - -A wonderful book; not least because it is a celebration. A celebration of the exquisite sensory capabilities of plants, and an exploration of their capacity to communicate with other entities. How refreshing it is to live on a planet where our green neighbours have such extraordinary talents. And how thrilling is it that humans--if they try hard enough and aren't blinded by notions of zoosupremacy--have the capacity to appreciate, explore, and understand that side of those resourceful organisms with whom we share the planet. Even if some humans still remain resolutely plant-blind, it is clear that plants themselves are anything but blind; they see their environment extremely clearly and with great acuity. Now, if only we could all see plants in the same way . . .---Nigel Chaffey, Bath Spa University, UK -Annals of Botany Blog: News and Views on Plant Science and Ecology - -Richard Karban gives an introduction to a secret world: the multiple ways via which plants obtain information on their environment. Plants identify microbes and animals with which they are in contact, distinguish friends from foes, perceive the presence and degree of attack of their plant neighbors. They successfully integrate all this information and respond with adequate behaviors to enhance their chances of survival end reproduction. Reports on talking trees and intelligent plant behavior make it regularly into the public press, but they frequently leave the impression that botanists humanize their study objects, perhaps to make them more attractive for the public. In Plant Sensing and Communication, Karban carefully avoids this pitfall and provides us with detailed descriptions of all the physiological mechanisms that enable plants to gain information on their environment, make optimal use of the resources available, and actively manipulate their biotic environment for their own benefits.---Martin Heil, Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato, Mexico -Effective because it sweeps across so many aspects of plant biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology more generally, Plant Sensing and Communication is also very well written, easy to digest, and feels like an unrushed synthesis. Certain signature aspects of Karban's clarity shine through in this book. For example, the dichotomous keys to, and categorization of, certain types of interactions are a hallmark of Karban's ability to simplify and clarify, and these will be useful to readers for decades (even if they disagree). This book will be read widely and have a lasting impact.---Anurag Agrawal, Cornell University -coeditor of -Induced Plant Defenses Against Pathogens and Herbivores- - -Plants are smart, . . . but to notice we have to overcome our ingrained cultural biases. . . . Clearly, we will never play chess with a rose, nor ask the orchid on our windowsill for advice. But that is the point: humans are guilty of serious parochialism, of defining intelligence in terms of a nervous system and muscle-based speed that enables things to be done fast. . . . Plants . . . are highly responsive, attuned to gravity, grains of sand, sunlight, starlight, the footfalls of tiny insects, and to slow rhythms outside our range. They are subtle, aware, strategic beings whose lives involve an environmental sensitivity very distant from the simple flower and seed factories of popular imagination. . . . . Plant Sensing and Communication [is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields. . . . [It] combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience.---Adrian Barnett -New Scientist - -Karban seeks to argue that plants behave--that they sense their environment, detect and communicate with an array of different organisms, and respond to their sense of the environment and communication. He is very successful in this, demonstrating that plant sensing and communication is a vibrant area of current research with still plenty more to discover. Very unusual, with broad appeal, so timely and well written, this book will be essential reading for specialists and a landmark in the field. Plant Sensing and Communication is a fantastic book.---Graeme D. Ruxton, University of St Andrews, UK -coauthor of -Experimental Design for the Life Sciences- and -Plant-Animal Communication- - "Richard Karban gives an introduction to a secret world: the multiple ways via which plants obtain information on their environment. Plants identify microbes and animals with which they are in contact, distinguish friends from foes, perceive the presence and degree of attack of their plant neighbors. They successfully integrate all this information and respond with adequate behaviors to enhance their chances of survival end reproduction. Reports on talking trees and intelligent plant behavior make it regularly into the public press, but they frequently leave the impression that botanists humanize their study objects, perhaps to make them more attractive for the public. In Plant Sensing and Communication, Karban carefully avoids this pitfall and provides us with detailed descriptions of all the physiological mechanisms that enable plants to gain information on their environment, make optimal use of the resources available, and actively manipulate their biotic environment for their own benefits."--Martin Heil, Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato, Mexico "Effective because it sweeps across so many aspects of plant biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology more generally, Plant Sensing and Communication is also very well written, easy to digest, and feels like an unrushed synthesis. Certain signature aspects of Karban's clarity shine through in this book. For example, the dichotomous keys to, and categorization of, certain types of interactions are a hallmark of Karban's ability to simplify and clarify, and these will be useful to readers for decades (even if they disagree). This book will be read widely and have a lasting impact."--Anurag Agrawal, Cornell University "coeditor of "Induced Plant Defenses Against Pathogens and Herbivores" " "Plants are smart, . . . but to notice we have to overcome our ingrained cultural biases. . . . Clearly, we will never play chess with a rose, nor ask the orchid on our windowsill for advice. But that is the point: humans are guilty of serious parochialism, of defining intelligence in terms of a nervous system and muscle-based speed that enables things to be done fast. . . . Plants . . . are highly responsive, attuned to gravity, grains of sand, sunlight, starlight, the footfalls of tiny insects, and to slow rhythms outside our range. They are subtle, aware, strategic beings whose lives involve an environmental sensitivity very distant from the simple flower and seed factories of popular imagination. . . . . Plant Sensing and Communication [is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields. . . . [It] combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience."--Adrian Barnett "New Scientist " "Karban seeks to argue that plants behave--that they sense their environment, detect and communicate with an array of different organisms, and respond to their sense of the environment and communication. He is very successful in this, demonstrating that plant sensing and communication is a vibrant area of current research with still plenty more to discover. Very unusual, with broad appeal, so timely and well written, this book will be essential reading for specialists and a landmark in the field. Plant Sensing and Communication is a fantastic book."--Graeme D. Ruxton, University of St Andrews, UK "coauthor of "Experimental Design for the Life Sciences" and "Plant-Animal Communication" "

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