Secret life of plants: from memory to intelligence

Plant Signal Behav. 2010 Nov;5(11):1391-4. doi: 10.4161/psb.5.11.13243. Epub 2010 Nov 1.


Plants are able to perform photosynthesis and cannot escape from environmental stresses, so they therefore developed sophisticated, highly responsive and dynamic physiology. Others' and our results indicate that plants solve their optimal light acclimation and immune defenses, photosynthesis and transpiration by a computational algorithm of the cellular automation. Our recent results however suggest that plants are capable of processing information encrypted in light intensity and in its energy. With the help of nonphotochemical quenching and photoelectrophysiological signaling (PEPS) plants are able to perform biological quantum computation and memorize light training in order to optimize their Darwinian fitness. Animals have their network of neuron synapses, electrophysiological circuits and memory, but plants have their network of chloroplasts connected by stromules, PEPS circuits transduced by bundle sheath cells and cellular light memory. It is suggested that plants could be intelligent organisms with much higher organism organization levels than it was thought before.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Computer Simulation
  • Electrochemistry
  • Light*
  • Models, Biological
  • Photosynthesis / physiology*
  • Plant Development*
  • Plant Leaves / metabolism
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / radiation effects*